December 22, 1944

The events are developing kaleidoscopically. The Philippine government, reduced to the bare minimum, that is, to the members of the Cabinet—the multitude of government employees are without work to do, just idling—has been moved to Baguio by General Yamashita. As we are only few, we will have a grand time of it. They are coming..

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Dec. 16, 1944

During the complete quiet of roll call we all heard a long sustained salvo of guns, heavy guns, also planes and the rip of bombs. Kaito, who was lounging through roll call as usual, suddenly called out, “Dismissed,” and the entire 450 camp members burst into a din of joy, whoop and Oh Boy, chatter..

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December 8, 1944

A few days ago, our Chief of Police surprised us with a strange action. He posted his officers at all intersections of Session Road—the Escolta of that locality—during rush hours, calling upon all the males to be present the following morning at the market place, equipped with tools for a day's voluntary service. Their residence..

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December 2, 1944

A spirited exchange of fire woke us up last night and alarmed the whole neighborhood of these mountains from exactly 1:00 to 3:00 A.M. The discharge of rifles, pistols and machine guns thundered through the valleys and hills, resounding with the echoes of a real battle. We suspected the aggressors to be the guerrillas of..

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November 26, 1944

While the planes continue unloading their fury upon the nerve of the Japanese defense—I admit that I was unable to put down in detail the daily happenings about the bombardments here in Baguio—these winged clouds pass by without greeting us a bit: they despise us. While the Manila populace, before they could enjoy a respite..

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November 16, 1944

The Military Police of Baguio is not far behind that of Manila in neronian cruelty. A few days before we arrived, they did something which filled the inhabitants with fear. A month ago, two Spanish nationals—Fr. Aniano González and Paul Burgalés—together with Mr. Valles, a resident of Baguio for half a century now, were arrested..

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November 12, 1944

The Committee ruled that camote water is community property and can no longer be boiled down into syrup exclusively for the kitchen staff. Jerry says it is an important point that the garbage from the guardhouse kitchen for forty guards has fattened their sow and six piglets, while the leftovers from garbage of 460 internces..

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October 18, 1944

I don't know what history books will write about this day. Maybe they'll put it down as the beginning of the offensive for the reconquest of the Philippines. Or probably they'll note it as just the 7th day of the naval attack on Taiwan with diversionary raids on the Philippines. To me it's the day..

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