February 7, 1950

Started writing some of my _preliminary observations on the Philippine Customs. Drafted a letter for the Secretary of Finance (Pio Pedrosa) to send to Phil CUSA asking for Hugh Bradley as Customs Consultant. Called on Chan Chiping, Chinese Ambassador. Called on Ramon Escoda (Bing’s uncle), who is Press Relations Officer of the House of Representatives...

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February 6, 1950

To lunch here: Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Sycip (formerly Bonnie Liu). Mr. Sycip’s grandfather came to Manila from Amoy. His Chinese name was “Hsueh”, which is pronounced “Si” in Amoy dialect. The origin of the “cip” is unknown, but probably the Amoy pronunciation of another Chinese character. In the Spanish days, anybody who was baptized..

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