December 16, 1944

I went biking yesterday to see the effect of the bombing yesterday and to hear the comments of the people. Streets were empty. Traffic was paralyzed. Army trucks and cars moved around with camouflage nets. Many sentries posted in street corners. 42 civilians were wounded in Parañaque. Saw them in corridors of the P.G. Hospital...

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December 16, 1944

Bullets or shrapnel pierced our roof. Entered just opposite daughter Neneng's chair in the dining room. Vic and I were seated at the table. Neneng, Dolly and the maid Emilia bringing in breakfast. A sudden noise, splashing and scattered timber splinter. Emilia crying. Wounded slightly: Emilia, Neneng, Vic. Emilia: half a dozen superficial wounds of..

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October 31, 1944

It's three in the afternoon. Vic's listening to the radio. Papa is reading Willoughby's Maneuvers in War; Neneng is cooking; Lolo sleeping and Dolly is looking at the planes from the window. There are many planes flying but they're Japs. You can tell by the metallic desynchronized roar of the engines. There's one plane flying..

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October 24, 1944

There are bombers flying. Nope, they're pursuit planes, plenty of them, about fifty. They're up too early, I think. Ben's looking at them and he says they're Japs. Yes, I think he is right. I can hear that familiar metallic roar. Tia Mameng is nervous. She says there's an air-raid signal. "I heard the siren",..

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October 18, 1944

I don't know what history books will write about this day. Maybe they'll put it down as the beginning of the offensive for the reconquest of the Philippines. Or probably they'll note it as just the 7th day of the naval attack on Taiwan with diversionary raids on the Philippines. To me it's the day..

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September 23, 1944

Manila's agog. Everybody's talking and whispering and laughing and dreaming about the raid. Everybody feels the Americans will be here before Christmas. Somebody opined "around New Year" and he was branded a low-down defeatist. A thousand pseudo-generals have sprung with theories on how easily the Americans will retake Luzon. Despite the very tense situation, Manoling's..

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September 21, 1944

[Note: after the last previous entry, April 20, 1942, the diary resumes at this point.] U.S. planes bombed Manila this morning and afternoon. They came from the northeast like a hundred daggers stabbing through a cloudy sky. They were dark, thick-set, chunkily-built, short-winged, heavy-nosed birds. They had an ominous roar, that rose in an ever-deepening..

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July 8, 1942

Mr. Toyama, a very nice, educated Japanese, employee of Mitsui, will teach the family Japanese, twice a week in the evenings. My son Vic refused to study. He said “It’ll be a dead language, after this war.” I told him: “You don’t lose anything by studying Japanese.” Naric Inspection Division will now survey the makers..

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