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October 20, 2014
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70 Years Ago Today: General MacArthur “I Have Returned”

70 years ago today was a watershed mark for those Westerners being held in the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in Manila. At this point, they had been held for 33 months and conditions in the camp were deteriorating quickly. Food … Continue reading

December 17, 2012
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I may be stretching my Old Word Christmas theme a bit with this post. The Philippines aren’t in what we consider the Old World. Yet they celebrate Christmas because they were owned by Spain for hundreds of years and the … Continue reading

November 19, 2008
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November 18, 2007

I don’t have much time, so I may have to finish this later. We thought we would sleep in after our long, exhausting flight, but we found ourselves up in plenty of time for the 7:00 a.m. breakfast bell. At … Continue reading

November 17, 2008
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November 17, 2007

Continuing our story about our journey to Jonalyn one year ago… We arrived in Tokyo sometime in the afternoon of the 17th, Japan time. I was glad that long flight was over. The pilot had said to be prepared for … Continue reading