Bataan, 1942: views of a father and his son

[caption id="attachment_3318" align="aligncenter" width="188"] Victor Buencamino (second from left, second row), with his family in the Pines Hotel, Baguio, 1932. Rightmost on second row is his eldest son, Felipe Buencamino III.[/caption]   (Revised, April 8, 2017) The Philippine Diary Project includes the diaries of a father and his son: Victor Buencamino, and Felipe Buencamino III...

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August 6, 1945, Monday

We were visited or rather inspected by Lt. Col. Jaime Velasquez and Maj. Hanz Menzi, both of the Police Command. They seem to be ranking officers. What the purpose of their visit was, we do not know. They seemed to have been investigating our condition. Col. Velasquez is a graduate of various military schools in..

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October 23, 1944

It's five days since I've last written because I've been too excited. So many happy things have taken place which you've probably heard. They've been very unexpected but certainly most welcome. Well, first there's the landing in Leyte. The consensus was that they would land in Mindanao or perhaps Luzon so Leyte was quite a..

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September 6-9, 1943

Saranac Lake, N.Y. This is the first entry in this diary for more than three months. Early in June, Quezon was attacked by bronchitis and soon developed a serious attack of tuberculosis. Dr. Trepp was frankly alarmed--he told me that Quezon was a worn-out man, and expressed himself as uncertain whether he could pull Quezon..

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May 26, 1943

Doria and I sat in a taxi today with Mrs. Paul McNutt who had not seen our small daughter Ursula since she was a baby of three weeks at Baguio, six years ago. Mrs. McNutt was looking lovely and very smartly dressed. She commented on the regal style in which the Quezons lived at the..

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March 5, 1943

Shoreham. Quezon wired for me to come here for ten days or so to help him finish his book, which he is determined to do, because, no doubt, of Warner Bros' offer for the cinema rights. Congratulated him on his Opera House (New York) address last Saturday, which he said had brought him many compliments...

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August 28, 1942

Quezon gave a luncheon in his rooms for "Chick" Parsons, the first person to leave the Philippines and return to the United States whom we have seen since the Quezon party arrived here in May. What confidential messages he brought to Quezon have not yet been told me. All Quezon's family and staff were clustered around..

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July 22, 1942 — Wednesday

Temperature in Washington cooler. Busy at office morning & afternoon. I invited Colonel Melchor, Mr. Davis & Major Eraña for luncheon. At 3:30 p.m. Lieutenant Madrigal phoned for me to get ready to leave with the President at 6 p.m. for Leesburg. Arrived at Leesburg 7:20 p.m. Temperature delightful. Could not sleep worried about my..

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June 4, 1942

12:30 p.m. at Senate Chamber to hear Quezon's address. Excellent and effective. He seemed a little nervous at the beginning, and no wonder: that is the most critical audience in the world. They were all very friendly to him. Quezon told me that never in his wildest dreams had he expected to address the United..

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