October 25, 1966

The White House Date October 25, 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson Day Wednesday Daily Diary The President began his day  at: Manila Hotel, Manila, Philippine Islands Time Telephone (f or t) Activity (include visited by) In Out 12:06a t Mary Slater 8:00a Awake -- Breakfasted on scrambled eggs, two pieces of bacon, toast, melon balls..

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March 30, 1959

Manila Airport, 5 am. The I.S.’s [Igor Stravinsky's] count their baggage—ras, dva, tri, chetiry—over and over, like rosary beads. The U.S. Cultural Attaché, a Mr. Morris, accompanies us to the Manila Hotel, where a dozen eager porters pack us into our rooms. Old Manila is black and grim, except for pretty lattices and grilles, and..

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February 25, 1950

Yesterday and today I wrote 12 letters, — to US, England, Australia, Spain, Portugal, India, Hongkong, Taiwan, Burma and Shanghai. Had first swim in the hotel pool, and enjoyed it. Dinner at the Huie's. He is in the Luzon Stevedoring Co.; she is daughter of Rev. Mr. Gleystern (Peking). They have an 11 month baby..

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February 22, 1950

Holiday for E.C.A. but I worked, finishing odds and ends and getting my report polished up. With Foster Knight lunched at Capt. Rayon’s [Razon] house, with Sr. deLeon, former Commissioner of Customs, and Sr. Francisco (of the Dalupan Committee). De Leon said that getting rid of political influence in the Customs is even more important..

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February 17, 1950

Finished memorandum on Customs Enforcement Divisions. Wrote a lot of short letters. Walked to National City Bank to cash a cheek Paid hotel bill. Spent an hour alone on the roof garden watching the sun set over the Bataan hills. These Manila sunsets are inexpressibly beautiful. Foster Knight and I dined together and watched the..

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February 14, 1950

To lunch at Lion’s Club as guest of Pio Pedrosa, Secretary of Finance. 9-10 had conference with Pedrosa, Jacinto, Jastram and Knight. Handed my memorandum re relationship between Commissioner of Customs and Collector of the Port of Manila to the Secretary. We had general discussion of the two alternatives I proposed, and the Secretary asked..

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February 11, 1950

Worked several hours on memorandum. To baseball game at Rizal Stadium --Formosa vs some local community (Santo Tomas). Quite a good game. Have been entirely alone today even eaten three meals all by myself. My Alice once stayed in this hotel, the year before I knew her. I wonder if she might have slept in..

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February 10, 1950

Plugged away in the office all morning, although Saturday is a holiday. Got quite a lot of writing done. Foster Knight had dinner with me here. This hotel is the center of Philippine entertaining, and Saturday night it is very crowded. Generally speaking, the Philippine women are nowhere near as attractive as the Chinese women..

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