24 October 1944

A day to remember for the storm broke. The Jap air force really came out of hiding. From 5:30AM up until 11:PM it was one GQ after another. Many planes were hit and fell all over the transport area. It was a sight I'll never forget and to try to put into words the certain..

Read more

September 1, 1943

Japanese have made me one out of a few scraps of lumber and a shelter half. It helped keep the bed bugs off and [I] was more sleep able, certainly hated to part with it. But there was no alternative. A prisoner in this place is just doomed to suffer the thing out. It will..

Read more

July 8, 1943

The so-called guerrillas in this pacified region of Luzon are growing in number and militancy. They have formed a semi-secret organization which, in addition to its active members, is enlisting many young Filipinos who are under instructions to be prepared for active duty. They do not interfere either with the Japanese or the general public,..

Read more

July 1, 1943

General Homma told the Philippine Mission which was sent to Tokyo to witness the Japanese war machine: "Notwithstanding the favorable report of Prime Minister Tojo, your country remains the most anti-Japanese conquered region. You will be granted your Independence not because you are collaborating sincerely with Japan, nor because you deserve it, but because of..

Read more

September 23, 1942

The military is prohibiting small vessels from making trips between Luzon and the Visayas. Could it be that they want those rebellious islands in quarantine to prevent them from contaminating the other islands? The worst part of it is that those who want to escape from that hell have no more means of escaping, except..

Read more

July 4, 1942

Talking about commercial firms, at the start of the war all big American, British and Chinese establishments were sealed immediately by the military police and emptied of their contents. Lately, bazaars and stores owned by Filipinos or nationals of non-enemy countries were reopened. Unfortunately, however, there is not much to sell: the goods had been..

Read more

August 28, 1909

On Saturday the 28th of August, we turned in a southerly direction and sailed directly toward the south, by the coast of a splendidly green island named Luzon, the biggest Philippine island, which we had already been observing from the small hours of the morning.

Read more

MANILA, P.I., June 27, 1899.

DEAR CHAUNCEY: Your letter dated June the 7th reached me on June 23, while we were camped near Blockhouse number Cinco, not far from the Baligbalig [Balic-Balic] road which goes into Manila from the trenches. The next day being one of my most memorable of days, —my birthday,—I had made arrangements to visit the city..

Read more