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Below are pictures which were donated to Living In Cebu, by Mr. Ronald Samphere, a former serviceman who was in the Philippines between 1960 and 1961. Ronald was a member of Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 3rd Marine Division.  We had a wonderful time talking with him, during his first trip to Cebu.  He was to continue on, going back to Olongapo, to see if he could locate any of the Filipinos who were in these pictures.

 

I don't know what happened to Ronald, other than that he ultimately married a Filipina. I know he ended up taking her back to the US, although he lived here for some time, after they were married.

 

Click on the images for a full-sized view of each.

In the pictures above, taken sometime in December 1960, you will see troops of Delta Company working to replace the roof on the Olongapo Hospital.

In the picture above, two staff members of the hospital pose with marines, and their favorite beverage, San Miguel beer.  The marines were given all the beer they could drink (by the hospital), as payment for services rendered.  From what Ron told me, while I was talking and viewing these photos, the hospital, he believed anyway, paid for all the materials for the roof, with Delta Company supplying all the labor needed  to replace it..

           

 

The two pictures above (Ron is in the left photo) were taken in January 1961.  In the left picture, Ron is somewhere near the Manila Hotel, but he didn't recall exactly where the photo was taken.  In the picture on the right, Ron took a photo of a few of the Manila Executive Athletic Club staff members, and other marines.  This was just outside the Manila Hotel Gymnasium.

Ron is a pretty nice guy. Ever since I was a little boy, I have enjoyed chatting with active, reserve, and former servicemen, getting their take on various things that has happened over the years, concerning my country during wartime and peace.

You know, I never thought I would enjoy history as much as I do, when I was just a boy in school. In fact, I hated it back then. It is amazing how things change over the course of your life.

 

Would you like to learn the language spoken in Cebu and elsewhere in the Visayas and Mindanao Regions of the Philippines? If so, this is an excellent introductory book for you to begin learning the basics of Cebuano.

 

The book is titled Conversational English-Cebuano Made Easy, by my long time friend, and author, Cristina Canonigo. She has authored more than 100 books, to date.

 

An earlier version of this book, the 2001 edition, is the version I used to begin learning Cebuano when I first moved to Cebu. It was a great first book for me. I assure you, if you spend a few minutes per day with it, you will begin to learn Cebuano as well.  read more...

 

 

 

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