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 18, 1943

Shoreham Hotel. Morning at Elizalde's office, discussing with him, Ugarte and Zafra preparation of our official report on the recent international conference at Mont Tremblant. Also talk with Elizalde on the subject of Bernstein--he was very much upset because they already had a budget for that office of $150,000--and no Filipinos were on the staff,..

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June 4, 1942

12:30 p.m. at Senate Chamber to hear Quezon's address. Excellent and effective. He seemed a little nervous at the beginning, and no wonder: that is the most critical audience in the world. They were all very friendly to him. Quezon told me that never in his wildest dreams had he expected to address the United..

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May 31, 1942

Quezon came into my room at the Shoreham for a two hours' talk. Yesterday he had offered me an official position to go around with him and help him with his English in preparing his speeches. I told him I thought his command of English was excellent, and that I had not come to him..

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December 2, 1938

Went aboard the new government yacht Casiana at 6:30 p.m. with Don Alejandro Roces, Colonel Eisenhower, Colonel Hutter, Major Speth, Jake Rosenthal, Bob Rogers and A. D. Williams--all close friends of Quezon, who brought with him also his elder daughter Maria Aurora and his son Manuel Jr. Very luxurious vessel and admired by all. Bridge..

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August 18, 1936

I read of a petition by part of the Native officials of the Dutch East Indies to the Volksrad for an autonomous government after ten years! This is one reason why, in my time, I always found the Dutch there (except for Governor General Limburg von Stirum himself) so worried about our plans for Philippine..

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August 16, 1936

Quiet Sunday. The A. D. Williams' to bridge and dinner. Williams thinks Vargas may be the one who makes it so difficult for the few surviving "palefaces" at Malacañan. He added that they won't ever use the documents he writes in English, but rewrite them with all the peculiar Filipino phraseology. Williams also said that..

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August 12, 1936

Talk with A. D. Williams over the building activities of Quezon. Malacañan Palace is never quiet; always, there is hammering and moving of walls etc. It appears that while the President is acting Secretary of Public Works and Communications, Under Secretary Cruz has not a jot of authority, and every single decision of his has..

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August 11, 1936

Saw Quezon coming out at 9:30 with A.D. Williams, Arellano the architect and Assemblyman Magalona. He called out to me asking me to lunch with him, and a moment later sent a messenger to ask me to join his party. We went down to the Port Area to see the land which Magalona wants to..

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