Waiting For the Enemy

Part I

Outbreak of the War

When Japanese warplanes bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on Sunday, December 7, 1941, it was already Monday, December 8, 1941 in the Philippines, due to the time difference between the two places. I was then 21 years, two months, and 23 days old and single. I was born on September 15, 1920 at Moron, Bataan.

I was in my third (or junior) year in the College of Law at the University of the Philippines (UP) at Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila. I had previously completed 3 years advance ROTC course, which qualified me for commission as Third Lieutenant in the reserve force of the Phlippine Army, but only upon reaching majority — 21 years of age.

Promptly on September 15, 1941, my 21st birthday, I applied for commission as Third Lieutenant in the Philippine Army Reserve. I passed the physical and medical examinations with flying colors.