December 17, 1944

Landings in Mindoro. Heard people talking about it in street-corners yesterday afternoon. The news spread like wild-fire: landings in Mindoro, Mindoro, Mindoro. The Japs are stumped. American planes had complete dominion of the air over Luzon. They kept flying over Manila all day yesterday. From the morning of December 15th to the evening of December..

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December 16, 1944

I went biking yesterday to see the effect of the bombing yesterday and to hear the comments of the people. Streets were empty. Traffic was paralyzed. Army trucks and cars moved around with camouflage nets. Many sentries posted in street corners. 42 civilians were wounded in Parañaque. Saw them in corridors of the P.G. Hospital...

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December 15, 1944

A lot of things have happened during these last two weeks. Flying fortress have appeared twice but at night. Japs got excited. To houses that still had lights on, they shouted and threatened "Close light! Close light!" Yesterday, we had an all-day raid, from morning to afternoon. I saw the Jap planes flying very early...

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November 27, 1944

Unable to write during last few days because of my malaria. I didn't feel like doing anything. Felt like the old days in Bataan and the long, horrible months in the concentration camp. Raids last Saturday. Saw planes bombing Grace Park. First few bombs immediately hit objectives. Black columns of smoke shot upward to sky...

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November 22, 1944

A total of 9,000 males are included in the first draft for compulsory labor in Jap airfields, port installations and other military establishments. The names of those forced to serve have been sent to neighborhood presidents who will in turn forward the names to neighborhood leaders who will then inform the draftees to appear in..

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November 20, 1944

Emilio was here this morning. He said a Jap officer went to his house at eight o'clock last night with a German. The Jap wants him to vacate his house "to give place for this German". Emilio who is hot-headed answered "I'm not going to vacate my own house for any German." Emilio's wife was..

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November 19, 1944

Air raid. I can hear the roar of U.S. planes. There goes one explosion. Quite strong. Must have hit an oil tank. Sound of planes diving. Sort of gets into your nerves. Dogfight, perhaps, strafing. Machinegun sounds like corn being dropped on a tin can. Dolly is shouting. She says there is a plane in..

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November 17, 1944

Sirens sounded twice today, first at about 11 a.m. indicating "stand-by" and then at 12 noon giving "All-Clear" signal. Saw no planes except three Jap fighters rhat flew very low over a house at Taft Avenue. People are disappointed. After heavy raids on Tuesday and Wednesday, they expected to hear of landings in Luzon. Apparently..

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November 16, 1944

I went around the City yesterday to see the effect of the bombing last 13th and 14th. About 14 ships were sunk in the Manila Bay Area aside from the partial destruction of Jap military installations in the City. Ermita district got the greatest share of civilian casualties, because they are very near the shore...

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