Category Diary of Basilio J. Valdes

September 14, 1969 — Sunday

I had a fair night. No dyspnea. Sleep was quite good without any medication. I got up at 5:15 a.m. Shaved, took my shower and attended the special private mass at 6:30 a.m. at San Beda, private chapel. Returned home for breakfast and afterwards took my morning nap. It is now 11 a.m. and I have some discomforting dyspnea. I will take oxygen inhalation.

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September 13, 1969 — Saturday

I had a bad night. I slept two hours in the arm chair under continuous oxygen. I wanted to rest in bed longer during the morning but I had to introduce Doctor Pacis to Sister Ingoberga at the hospital and then rush back to Cancer Clinic to see a patient from China Bank.

I had a light luncheon , and a two hour siesta. At 4:30 p.m. I met John G. Brimo in his office and we went to Luneta for some fresh sea air. We parted at 6 p.m. as he had a dinner engagement.

July 6, 1969 — Sunday

I woke up at 4:30 a.m. I had a fair night. I shaved and went to 7 a.m. Holy Mass at San Beda Church. Father Columbano arranged a mass for me alone. There being no sermon it was finished in 20 minutes.

Went to Lourdes Hospital to visit Ambassador Nieto and Charito Legarda who had a heart attack last night. She was then rushed to the hospital. I gave her a strong talk on the dangers and effects of smoking on the health of individuals. I told her: “I know that I am talking to the wind. You will just laugh and at my talk. What you do with your body and your health is your problem, but I remind you of an important factor. Think of your children. You have a lovely family and beautiful children. Do not exchange them for the pleasure of cigarette puffs.”

I felt that she was touched. She promised to obey me. Let us see!

June 26, 1969 — Thursday

I went to the hospital this morning to visit Ambassador Nieto and discuss his interesting case with Dr. Venicio de Leon, our urologist and Dr. Augusto P. Sarmiento.

June 24, 1969 — Tuesday

Feast of St. John the Baptist.

This is the 398th foundation anniversary of Manila. Villegas has called it ARAW NANG MAYNILA. and President Marcos has declared it an official holiday for Manila only. Manila was founded by Legaspi and Urdaneta in 1571.

I went to the Lourdes Hospital to see Dr. Aldanese operate on Mr. Garduno a patient of Philippine Cancer Society. It was a very long and tiresome operation so I did not wait for the end.

This afternoon at 3 p.m. I went to Oceanic Store in Escolta to buy the wedding gift for Miss Linda Cantada. I talked to her last night and she specified she wanted a Big Ben alarm clock de Luxe. I then went to Dasmariñas Village. Makati to deliver it. I then had a one hour clinic at Oceanic Pasong Tamo. Returned home 5:30 p.m. I Retired at 9:15 p.m., although I already had a good one hour nap after dinner.

May 29, 1969 — Thursday

I had an excellent night last night. I slept in bed for long stretches and woke up at 5 a.m. very well rested.

At 9 a.m. I went to Oceanic Commercial central office at Pasong Tamo for my  weekly consultations. Returned home for a needed rest before lunch. It continues to be very hot, with the temperature 100 degrees Fahrenheit or very near. We needed rain very badly. This prolonged dry weather is hard on the farmers. In our Hacienda del Carmen in Pampanga, this prolonged lack of rain is interfering with planting of sugar cane.

At 4 p.m. went to China Banking Corporation and returned home early, to wait for former Ambassador to Spain, Colonel Manuel Nieto, who arrived by plane last night and wanted to see me. We were both very happy to see each other. I did not inquire about his illness.

I had the surprise visit of Nonong Quezon.

March 14, 1969 — Friday

Attended at 5:30 p.m. the inauguration of the Lopez Building, Meralco at Ortigas Avenue, Pasig, Rizal. President Marcos and the First Lady were the guests of honor. The whole affair was well organized and came out very well, to the satisfaction of Don Eugenio Lopez, President of Meralco.

February 22, 1969 — Saturday

General Raval, Chief of Constabulary visited me and asked me advice on how to improve the morale, the behavior and the integrity of the members of the force. I told him that it is best to talk to the young officers and awaken in their minds the importance of honesty, integrity and loyalty. Afterwards gradually concentrate on the older officers. He requested me to speak to the officers next Saturday March 1, at 9 a.m. at Camp Crame.

February 10, 1969 — Monday

At 10 a.m. attended the meeting of the Board of Directors of Meralco, on the 13th floor, Lopez Building. It was announced there that the inauguration of the Lopez building will be held on March 14, which is the anniversary of the day when Meralco was granted its franchise (March 14, 1903).

The theater will be inaugurated on March 22, 1969 with a special program, for which invitations will be issued. The meeting adjourned at 11:15 a.m.

Attended, at 5 p.m. the annual meeting of the Philippine Cancer Society. The Board of Directors was reelected with two changes — the Secretary of Health is to take the place of Secretary Paulino Garcia, and Dr. Pio Pedrosa who will take the place of Mr. Ramon Ordoveza who resigned due to his inability to attending the meetings.

January 31, 1969 — Friday

Had a better night last night. I woke up at 5 a.m. Worked on papers until 6 a.m. Listened to the D.Z.M.T. news and to Valencia’s remarks.

What surprises me is that neither Mr. Teodoro Valencia nor any other member of the press has come out openly with the statement that this student unrest and misbehavior is communist inspired and triggered. It is the same pattern all over the world. The underground communist work is very effective. They have sent trained persons to speak to the student class. The students are easy to convince and stimulate them to do acts of violence.

Of course, I admit that some complaints are well-based but the students did not have to go to the point of breaking windows and chairs. There is no more peace and order and the government seems impotent to stop these mass rallies. Let us pray, that God may illuminate all.

January 11, 1967 — Wednesday

I woke up as usual 5:30 a.m. Had breakfast. Took my blood pressure it was 160 mm. Systolic. I took a capsule of Rautrax. I think it was a mistake. The Japanese sphygmomanometer is probably not good. At about 9:30 a.m. after I had treated a patient, downstairs in the clinic, I felt very dizzy. I sent for Colonel Salacup who took my blood pressure. It was 60 Systolic.

I was carried upstairs to my bedroom. I then went into shock with profuse perspiration. Bombona called the priest from San Miguel who gave me the last sacraments. Dr. Busuego and Dr. de Jesus arrived as my heart stopped and they began a cardiac massage which revived me. Then I was connected to the cardiac monitor and cardiac pacer.

At 2 p.m. I was transferred by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. My condition still serious. I am still connected to the cardiac monitor and the cardiac pacer. I am given a drip of Dextrose 5% in H20 with Aramine, and another bottle with Isuprol. As soon as my pulse is lower than 45 beats per minute Isuprol is injected in the drip. The Aramine is given continuously to maintain the blood pressure within a normal range.

February 6, 1962 — Tuesday

Attended lecture 8 a.m. Then went to Lourdes Hospital. At 11 a.m. I went to the office of Justice Marceliano Montemayor for meeting of the Committee that investigated the charges of unexplained wealth against General Cabal. Justice Montemayor told us that he went to see Secretary Mutuc to inquire if the retirement of General Cabal meant that President Macapagal had cleared him. Secretary Mutuc said that he would study the matter, and advise us accordingly.

March 14, 1955 — Monday

We arrived in Guam at about 7:30 a.m. We were asked to go to the airlines rest room for a little refreshment. Mr. Sison an engineer employed by the U.S. Navy in Guam, met us and drove us around to show us the place. We returned to the plane after a brief tour and took off at 8:27 a.m.

En route to Wake by Pan American Airlines. At 10.30 a.m. about 2 hours after we had left Guam Mrs. Mary R. Greider a 78 year old American lady who was seated just across the aisle from my seat, got up to go to the toilet accompanied by her nurse. When she returned, I noticed that she was very pale. I suspected that something was wrong. Suddenly she gave out a shriek and fixed her eyes and began to breath heavily. Oxygen inhalation was immediately given. Her pulse was imperceptible. I opened my bag and gave her an injection of Coramine. The pulse improved for a brief period, soon to disappear again. I gave her a second injection of Coramine, intravenously but useless. The Captain of the plane asked me if I recommended that he return to Guam. I told him that it was useless, as she was in terrible condition. She died a few minutes later.

Cause of death: Cardiac Embolism. We covered her with a blanket and kept her in the seat.

March 30, 1946 – Saturday

At 9:45 a.m. called on General Eisenhower at Pentagon building and explained object of my mission. He showed plenty of interest and called by phone General Bradley and fixed an appointment at 11 a.m. Called on General Bradley who had all his staff with him, and explained what had been done and what has to be done. Had dinner with Colonel & Mrs. Whitmore at Army and Navy Club.

May 5, 1945 — Monday

In General Head Quarters in the field.

February 8, 1945 — Thursday

Returned to Manila with food supplies for the family. Saw the destruction by three direct hits on Tata’s house by six inch Japanese shells. Five hits on the garden. One neighbor killed, several were wounded.

February 7, 1945 — Wednesday

Wednesday. Back in General Head Quarters to report on conditions in Manila.

February 6, 1945 — Tuesday

At 6 a.m. left General Head Quarters with Major General R.J. Marshall, Major General Stivers, Colonel Egbert for Manila. Arrived 10 a.m. Fighting still going on. Found five dead Japanese in front of Tata’s house. Many dead Japanese in the street. Went to R. Hidalgo Street. Prayed at Rita’s tomb. Saw my family.

February 4, 1945 — Sunday

Got up at 5 a.m. Attended Mass at 6 a.m. Left at 9 a.m. on a B-24 with President Osmeña for Lingayen. Our plane was escorted by four pursuit planes. Arrived at Lingayen 11:30 a.m. Left at 3 p.m. for Hacienda Luisita. Spent the night.

February 3, 1945 — Saturday

Busy all day in office. At 5p.m. advised by phone the President had arrived in his house. Went to see him. Found out we are leaving tomorrow.