June 29, 1945 Friday

Yesterday some more "collaborationists" arrived from Manila. Among them were Justice Jorge Bocobo, Dean of the College of Law of the University of the Philippines; Mr. Arsenio Luz, Chairman of the Board of Information and Spokesman of Malacañan with the rank of Minister; Mr. Francisco Lavides, a Representative and lately Military Governor for the district..

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July 14, 1944 (Friday)

Counsellor Lavides left for Fukuoka this morning on his way to the Philippines. I entrusted to him the two pearl rings which I bought at Mikimoto’s. I hope he delivers them. Saw Felix Marzan at Ueno and then dropped in at Neo Studio after dinner. The news of our return to the P.I. in one..

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July 11, 1944 (Tuesday)

Went with Pepito A. Santos to Ginza to shop at Mikimoto’s pearl shop where we stayed nearly two hours breaking our heads trying to pick from among the beautiful rings and jewelry on display. I bought two pearl rings (Y63 and Y33) and another with small jade stones (Y99) for Nene Vargas who asked me..

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June 25, 1944 (Sunday)

Mass, confession and communion at St. Sofia’s Church. Banquet by Catholic Ladies League of Japan. After mass at Kanda Church, there was a sumptuous banquet given at the “Seiyōken” at Ueno Park attended by Charge d’Affaires Lavides, the Embassy staff and the pensionados. The affair was put on by the Catholic Ladies League on the..

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June 4, 1944 (Sunday)

Mass, confession and communion at St. Sofia’s University Chapel. Tokyo Filipinos Gather. The Filipino Embassy House was today the scene of the first gathering of Filipino residents in Tokyo and Yokohama. It was a truly Filipino affair with lechon [roast suckling pig] and dinuguan as the main attractions at lunch time. The main purpose of..

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June 1, 1944 (Thursday)

Summer begins today, our second in Japan. Japanese colegialas [schoolgirls] have put on their white summer blouses—a clear sign that summer has definitely started and spring has definitely gone. Tokyo Detention House (Tokyo Kōchisho). As part of our school activities, we visited the Tokyo Detention House this p.m. at 2:00 at Ikebukuro-ku, accompanied by Mr...

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May 5, 1944 (Friday)

Heard mass and received communion at St. Sofia’s Church with Quiambao, Sison and Pena. Met Bert Lavides there, too. Birthday. Today being the birthday of Ikuko Nagasaki, our friend, we brought her a bouquet of tulips after mass early this morning. Her mother and she were surprised and happy to see such early well-wishers. (The..

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April 25, 1944 (Tuesday)

Today being Rinji Taisai (Extraordinary Spring Yasukuni Shrine Festival) had no classes. Visited the Nagasakis with Quiambao and enjoyed hearing such records as “Sampaguita” [ “Jasmine Flower” ], “Arimundingmunding,” “Abaruray,” etc., which we borrowed from Miniong Aquino of the Hoso Kyokai (Broadcasting Station). Went to the Imperial Hotel this p.m. at 5:00 to accompany Quiambao..

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