January 11, 1943

For the last four days there hasn’t been any fighting, but one never knows when or where. This morning someone came from our farm in Barotac and told us that the Japanese went to the farmhouse and broke all of Rose’s pictures and opened Dorothy Bernas’ “aparador” (wardrobe) and took all its contents – canned..

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January 6, 1943

The days have been quiet since the 23rd of December and what a relief from the bombing and fighting! The enemy is now staying in the town of Barotac. It is estimated that there are around 300 Japanese soldiers there. Melecia (Coné’s sister) and her husband, Agustin, remained at the farmhouse until the very last,..

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January 3, 1943

We just heard that as a result of the ambush, the Japanese were now scouting the hills in front of our farmhouse in Barotac and are burning nipa houses that they think are hiding places for the Filipino soldiers. Between the Filipino soldiers and the Japanese, there certainly is not very much left for the..

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December 15, 1942

Around our vicinity it is now quiet. There are no Japanese in Barotac or Pototan. They are going in the other direction towards Passi and Calinog (towards the center of the island). Every day we hear bombing coming from that direction and two nights ago a Japanese ship shelled the coast of Barotac Viejo (north..

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November 27, 1942

Last night we sat outside watching the burning of the towns of Barotac and Dumangas from our hilltop home. A fine Thanksgiving gift the Japanese gave us – striking at our forces at several different points! Our Army had to retreat and they are burning everything along the road. We heard that the town of..

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November 24, 1942

For two days there has been fighting outside of Barotac by the main bridge near the sugar central (refinery). The Japanese used cannons and three shots fell right in front of our farm. No one was killed. An eyewitness came here yesterday afternoon and he told us that Melecia (Coné’s sister) was badly frightened and..

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November 22, 1942

Yesterday about noon we heard the sound of mortar fire – they give off a very loud, explosive noise and at first we thought it was a cannon. We have heard the fighting took place in Zarraga and Leganes (two small towns between Iloilo and Barotac). This morning at 2:00 a.m. we were awakened by..

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