October 16, 1944

A very rainy day. The shelter's full of water and no bombs. Several Japanese planes were flying but none of ours. A lot of people are disappointed. They expected them again today. The Japanese have spread their ammunition dumps all over the city. In front of Hicky's and Gabaldon's and the street leading to the..

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October 14, 1944

Today's the first anniversary of the Philippine Republic, heh, heh. Puppet Laurel declared: "The first-year of the Republic has been a success". He forgot to say that during this republic's first year, the people have had less and less food. The BIBA has distributed rice only three or four times. There has been no peace..

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October 12, 1944

Haven't written for more than a week because I've been sick. Got attacked by malaria again. Thought I had ice in my blood. Shivered like the dickens. Went to Lolo Pepe's house yesterday. When I entered the door, I knew something wrong was happening. There was nobody around. I went to the old man's room...

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September 23, 1944

Manila's agog. Everybody's talking and whispering and laughing and dreaming about the raid. Everybody feels the Americans will be here before Christmas. Somebody opined "around New Year" and he was branded a low-down defeatist. A thousand pseudo-generals have sprung with theories on how easily the Americans will retake Luzon. Despite the very tense situation, Manoling's..

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March 13, 1942

Bataan, MIS, HQ Went to an artillery battery. Watched them shell Japs. Beautiful sight. Terrific noise. Ground shook like a banca. Felt concussion in my chest. Saw smoke on enemy lines. Like powder puffs at first. Then tall columns of dust rising like thin, high, fountains. Shelling stopped when Jap planes hovered above, so as..

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January 14, 1942

Seventeen offences punishable by death have been announced by the Japanese Commander-in-Chief. Some of them: rebellion, spreading false rumors, espionage, misguiding Japanese troops, stealing military equipment, looting, counterfeiting, harboring any one guilty of these crimes. Life isn’t worth a cent these days. Informed the Japanese supervisor that plenty of tomatoes, radishes and other vegetables have..

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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 7, 1936

Played golf in a.m. at Fort McKinley with Doria; afterwards, we swam in the bay in front of our house. Colin Hoskins to lunch and we talked over landlord & tenant situation, and land taxes; and planned trips to see the big haciendas. Left at 3 p.m. with Babbitt & Anderson for Cabuyao. Babbitt said..

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