Diary of the War: WW II Memoirs of Lt. Col. Anastacio Campo
by Virginia Yap Morales
2006, Ateneo de Manila University Press
Lt. Col. Anastacio Campoâ€™s diary is a revealing memoir of a Filipino officer stationed in Davao City at the outbreak of World War II. There are relatively few Filipino first-person accounts of the war and most of these are from Bataan or Manila. This account, set in Davao, opens a heretofore unknown vista for most Filipinos. Having been written at the time, it has an immediacy and personal flavor that are unique. Lt. Col. Campoâ€™s diary is enriched with his granddaughter Maria Virginia Y. Moralesâ€™s comments and annotations that provide background information, which brings out his human side. An important addition to the Filipino memoirs of World War II, this book is a step toward making the Filipino war experience better understood as a truly nationwide experience.