June 21st, 1946

June 21st Started early in the morning to put letter to Nena in shape. Had made so many corrections and insertions of thoughts that came to me in the middle of the night that had to write all over again. In a way it is good as in this manner I retain a copy of..

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July 3, 1945 Tuesday

The papers report that Confesor and Cabili have been appointed as members of the Filipino Rehabilitation Commission in Washington. Both will have to go to Washington. Cabile has resigned as Secretary of National Defense. His appointment and that of Confesor as Secretary of the Interior were submitted to the Commission on Appointments of Congress. The..

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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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July 9, 1944 (Sunday)

National Library at Ueno. Spent this Sunday morning at the Ueno National Library, going over the rows of index cards to see what English books there are in this library. I was disappointed not to find even one book on the Philippines or by a Filipino author, the library of Waseda University being very much..

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July 1, 1944 (Saturday)

This is the second month of summer, and it is getting terribly hot. Bought Manchukuo—A Bird’s-Eye View by James Scherer at Kanda, Y1.80. Desiderio and de Leon are here at the dormitory tonight to spend their weekend in Tokyo. They are attending the Police School in Yokohama. Ambassador Vargas is expected to arrive tomorrow evening..

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May 15, 1944 (Monday)

Spent a bad night last night with high fever. This is my first attack of malaria since I arrived in Tokyo. Stayed in bed the whole day today. I think my body resistance has been lowered considerably lately, especially with our daily kendo lessons which might have been too strenuous for me. (And the food..

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October 14, 1943 (Thursday)

Philippine Independence Day! Today we woke up in highest spirits. We marched to school bearing “home-made” Filipino flags prepared last night by the group at Hongoryo. The Filipino “propaganda corps,” too, posted attractive placards on the school’s bulletin board announcing in bold characters the Philippines’ Declaration of Independence. We were all so excitedly happy that..

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February 5, 1942 — Thursday

Got up at 5 a.m. Shaved, took a bath etc. At 6:45 a.m. left the house for the dock with Vice-President Osmeña, Chief Justice Abad Santos, Captain Andres Soriano, Major B. Diño, Medical Service and Lieutenant Jose Abad Santos, Jr. The launch Baler took us to Cabcaben where we arrived at 7:20 a.m. General Francisco,..

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January 9, 1942

Manila Bay On board Navy Courier Boat   Beautiful morning. Sun is slightly above horizon. Sea is calm. Cool morning air. All is quiet except for chugging of boat. Looks like a pleasant cruise. Heard Mass said by Fr. Ortiz and received Communion. The President and family, Vice President Osmeña, Gen. B. Valdes, Sec. Abad..

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