February 3, 1945

’Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house . . . No, that’s not night, I’m mixed up. All through the house everybody’s stirring, even the mice! What a night! I have to write this down, frantic though it may sound, so that I can always remember it exactly as it happened. I was crouched over the radio, …

November 12, 1944

Typhoon is over, the sun is up again and the sky has brightened to a clear blue. The bird that perches on the tree near my window is there again, fluttering its wings and in a while I’m sure it’ll begin to twitter. No planes this morning. Everybody was expecting them today because they’ve visited us every Sunday morning for …

November 7, 1944

Saw some of the Jap troops that arrived recently. They looked haggard, unkempt, underfed. Their shoes were made of black cloth and some were dragging their feet. Their uniforms were very dirty and smelly. Many of them were asking the people downtown if they were in Australia. No doubt Japanese people are being duped by their leaders. Listened to the …

May 1, 1942

Listened to the Voice of Freedom. At the end of the newscast, the announcer said: “Corregidor still stands.” I wonder why he said “still stands.” Does he foresee an eventual inability to stand? Does he know that in the course of the Japanese attack Corregidor will someday fall? “Corregidor still stands” brought tears to my heart. Demand For “darak” has …

April 14, 1942

Reports about the desolation of all the towns of Bataan abound. Not a house, building or church remains standing. Everything has been pulverized by deadly fires from both sides. The inhabitants who escaped death, sickness and bullets are starting to come out from their hide-outs in the mountains, looking squalid and ragged after three months of a miserable life. Cebu, …

April 12, 1942

We intercepted news from Radio Corregidor that Japanese troops have landed in Cebu. This morning the papers confirmed it, adding that the landings were made at three points in the island. The first capital of the Philippines is now engulfed in the Co-Prosperity Sphere which we have already been “enjoying” for several months now. Suddenly we were alarmed by strong …

April 10, 1942

Yesterday, an undercurrent of news alleged that Bataan has fallen. However, we have become so accustomed to such news that we could not tell which was true and which was false, and therefore, we were not overly concerned. In the evening, tuning in on Radio Bataan—which was no longer in Bataan—we were taken aback by the announcement “BATAAN HAS FALLEN.” …

Thursday, April 9, 1942

At 7:30 I went up to the house of Overseer Laurel to listen to the radio news and it was then that the Voice of Freedom station broadcasted the almost heartbreaking news that Bataan had fallen. Mr. Tiongson who had heard the news from the house of Dr. Velasquez, immediately came to see me. The news struck me with mingled …

April 8, 1942

The aerial attack on Bataan is heavy and constant. During the past two weeks, bombers and fighter planes have been flying in small squadrons. These last four days the bombings were concentrated on the mountains of Mariveles, according to Radio Bataan. Corregidor is tentatively left alone for the moment, maybe because it is a tough bone to gnaw, or because …