Surviving WWII: Alfonso Ignacio
Click on the links below to hear audio segments from an October 2004 interview by Mark Ignacio
with his “lolo” (grandfather), Alfonso Warrick Ignacio, who came to the
after working for the
This photo was taken in November 2004 in his
Alfonso Ignacio is currently 82 years old.
1. An Introduction
An Introduction. (701 KB)
Alfonso introduces himself and describes where he lived in the Philippines.
His job before World War II. (793 KB)
In this segment, Alfonso tells us about his job as a salesman for his father’s business. They distributed General Merchandise from Manila to Mindanao.
This photo was taken behind one of their trucks used for distribution. He was 21 years old.
Alfonso begins his job as an “unskilled laborer” for the US Navy’s 16th Naval District.
He was then assigned to the commissary store --a store where food and equipment are sold.
time, the Japanese began to bomb the US Navy Yard in the
A look inside a
When the US left the Philippines. (1,325 KB)
The Japanese took over the US Naval Base and expanded throughout the Philippines with the help of hired Filipino workers.
Alfonso talks about how the Japanese treated Filipinos.
“Sagdalista/s” is the term used for Filipinos who were pro-Japanese.
More about the Japanese Occupation at http://www.fourthmarinesband.com/photos_fall.htm and http://www.users.bigpond.com/pacificwar/gatheringstorm/Philippines/Japanattacks.html.
Japanese troops land on
Working for the Japanese. (2,156 KB)
Alfonso describes his experience in working with the Japanese.
A Japanese leader commanding Filipinos. A cartoon depicting a Japanese’s form of punishment.
The US returns to the Philippines. (3,116 KB)
Alfonso points out how American paratroopers come from Tagaytay.
They were helped by Filipinos who told the Americans where Japanese where hiding.
The Americans raided the Japanese naval base.
General Douglas McArthur fulfills Filipinos on an abandoned Japanese tank.
his promise of returning to the
The Liberation. (1,631 KB)
In this segment, Alfonso tells us about his job with the US after the Japanese left.
He worked for the US Navy at Sangley Point in Cavite for 9 years.
A bird’s eye view of Sangley
Moving to the US. (1,164 KB)
Working in the US and retirement. (4,652 KB)
Alfonso’s eldest daughter who was working in the US for Warner’s Communications petitioned him.
He talks about finding a job in the US and finally
retiring. He also shares why he enjoys
life here in
Working at Toys R Us. Fishing as a hobby. At
Aflonso in his 20’s. During WWII. Alfonso with his eldest daughter, Magdalena.
His family in the early 1960’s. The family in the late 1960’s.
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last revised: 1-24-05
by Eric Brenner, Skyline College, San Bruno, CA
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