This month the Senior Missionaries went on an outing to Corregidor Island. On Wednesday morning we drove down to Manila and checked into a hotel near the port and also close to the old Walled City of Intramuros (since the ferry only leaves for the island early in the morning, we had permission to spend the night at Manila).
The Japanese had only planned 2 months to take the Philippines and ended up needing 6. They had to send reinforcements there instead of to New Guinea where they were eventually stopped; and as as result not able to invade Australia. So the defense here at Corregidor and Bataan, although they eventually had to surrender, played a major role in stopping the Japanese.
Sister Monica, fourth from the left, and Brother Gilbert, on her left, were baptized. They are both about 18. Also in the picture is our Branch Mission Leader, by Sister Monica, and our four missionaries: Elders Bugarin, Diso, Bautista, and Arcayos. Sister Monica and Brother Gilbert are great and we were happy to see them join the church.