May 31, 1945 Thursday

Today is a holy day of obligation, Corpus Christi, and we heard Mass. Upon our arrival from church, there were rumors that more detainees from Manila were coming. At 11 o'clock, an amphibian truck arrived with 35 persons. I could recognize only two—Dr. Gualberto, the Mayor of Rosario, Batangas and Mr. Aurelio Alvero, a young..

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April 29, 1945 Sunday

It was 3 o'clock in the morning; the boat started to move. We could not see anything; it was pitch black. Destination unknown. In the dark, the events of the past days came back to me. We left Irisan, a town about six kilometers from Baguio on April 12, 1945 headed towards Agoo, an American-captured..

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January 23, 1945

". . . and Sheridan only twenty miles away." So runs the old poem. If we had a poet in our midst, we might do a poem, somewhat like this: With detonations far and wide They dynamite the countryside. We rush to look, return to shiver, As our houses quake and quiver! Shooting, looting little..

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December 22, 1944

President Jose Laurel, Chief Justice Jose Yulo and all cabinet ministers left early this morning for Baguio. The presidential convoy was accompanied by two truckloads of Jap troops armed with mg’s, two trucks of Malacañang guards, one car of P.C. men and one car of detectives. The convoy consisted of thirty or more cars. The..

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June 15, 1943

A mission of nineteen Filipinos headed by the Mayor of Manila was sent to Japan. We were informed about its departure and its arrival in Japan, but the purpose was not divulged since it is a war secret. The members are mostly directors and assistants directors of government offices who are not very enthusiastic about..

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March 8-9, 1936

Trip with Doria to Atimonan; stopped en route to see Lukban, where we were greeted by Tolentino who was Presidente there on my last visit (with Quezon) in 1913. Fine old church uninjured during the Revolution. Old stones artistically discoloured by the damp climate. The houses of this region are of bamboo, like those at..

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