Alfredo's Diary

When I was three decades younger, I enjoyed looking at the “black and white” photographs of my parents and my siblings that my mother had kept inside a Japanese cookie tin. Those are probably some of our oldest possessions. My parents were both orphaned before they were teenagers and they both experienced World War II and the Japanese occupation of the Philippines without their parents. My mother would tell me stories of her growing up years and her experiences during the war before we would go to bed. That was ages ago!
I simply love looking at photographs that were produced long before digital slr cameras were introduced. Last night, while listening to Johnny Mathis I found this video on Youtube uploaded as a response to the “Filipino soldiers in the Korean War” clip that I took seven years ago.

Col. Alfredo Cayton was one of the Filipino soldiers who fought bravely in the Korean War. His grandchild made the video.


  1. this is great. i could have used this when i was writing my thesis about Filipino WW II veterans. my grandpa fought as a guerilla during the Japanese occupation.
    it’s amazing how old photographs are now treasured.

  2. this is such a nice video. it is wonderful to watch “documentaries” created by ordinary people because it is more personal. thank you for sharing this.

  3. Hi Ms Betchay.
    I’m a writer based in Manila and I help publicize the Philippine Volcanoes, our national rugby team. Yes we have a rugby team, most of them live abroad but they all have Filipino mothers, and they spend their own money to represent the Philippines. We are undefeated in A5N (Asian 5 Nations) and next week our team will be in Korea for the Division 1 Championship.
    Their first game is against Korea, which is the host and the top-seed in the tournament. The Koreans will be at Ansan Wa~ Stadium in Ansan in full force to cheer for their team, but the Pinoys only have their coaching staff and a couple of parents to support them. May we ask for your help in getting the Pinoy community to come to the game on Wednesday at 3pm? It would mean so much to the team.
    Here is the announcement on my website:
    And here is our full coverage of Philippine rugby.
    Thank you! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email me.
    Best regards,

  4. Hi Ms. Betchay,
    Thank you for posting this on your webpage. I just saw it now. I made that video for my grandpa’s first death anniversary in 2009 and all entries were from his 60-year old journal.

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