As we grew more and more hungry, we ate anything that could be eaten inside the C.C.C., including the bark and roots of the “Alibangbang” trees after all their leaves were cooked for food.
Grasshoppers, ants, and lizards were included in our individual meals.
One day I witnessed a water buffalo killed and cooked for our meal. Col. Bañez, Leon, Head Medical Officer, ordered the skin to be buried, as it was infected, together with the stomach and intestines.
The following day there were “no” individual campfires around with POWs roasting pieces of the dug-up cowhide and entrails.
They were so good to be spared for food to the hungry POWs starving to eat anything!
That day our meal consisted of boiled rice with a piece of boiled meat in the soup!
This was like a FIESTA (feast day) for us!