Railways in Mindanao: Then and Now

  News is that the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) has approved a Feasibility Study to proceed for the proposed Mindanao Railway Project. The map above gives an indication of the scope of the proposed railway system.It's been a long time coming. An overview of railways in the past can be found in The Colonial Iron..

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January 21, 1937

Called on Consul General Blunt, fresh from the English Foreign Office. He had just passed through the United States and was emphatic in the belief that anti-Filipino sentiment was strong there--but still he did not believe that independence would ever come here: "These people don't want it." I pointed out that the rich ilustrado class..

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March 17, 1936

Long talk at the office with Hartendorp, who is wearing down under his inability to see Quezon, or to do anything except routine matters. Fears he is being blocked by Vargas, whom he has several times criticized in his periodical, the Philippine Magazine. Says an attempt is being made to make us Advisers look useless..

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January 29, 1936

Call from Blunt to return mine --complimented him on his address yesterday especially his rejection of unnecessary adjectives. He enquired what use we were making of Irish Land Laws. Call from Pedro Tan, who said Quezon's supporters were grumbling at his favouring his opponents instead of his own party --i.e., Roxas for Secretary of Finance...

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January 28, 1936

Ex-Federal Judge Milton Purdy from Shanghai arrives. Funeral service in the afternoon in the Episcopal Cathedral for the late King George V. A very representative turnout. Murphy and Quezon both there --tho I think Quezon was rather unwilling to appear before his own people to take second place. Service was all about God and very..

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January 3, 1936

Nothing doing at office; Quezon sick in Malacañan --should return to Baguio. Garfinkel said Quezon had a "heavy night" at the Casino Español --but Quezon does not drink. Food causes his upsets. Saw Vamenta formerly Attorney of Department of Mindanao and Sulu; he told me Osmeña was anxious to do something for Governor Frank Carpenter..

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December 20, 1935

7 p.m. in Malacañan with the President who was in good health and spirits. I complemented him on his message on economic planning --he enquired whether it has been well received in the foreign community. I gave him Colin Hoskins' plan on organization for the economic council &c. Then I asked him what was the..

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