Maupay na adlaw (Good day to you)! Greetings from Philippines, particularly Tacloban, Leyte.
Hello. My name is Jerome Cabansag. The reason why I am writing this e-mail is to solicit some information from servicemen stationed in Guiuan during WW2. Lately, I SCUBA dove (for environmental management purposes) around one of the islands in Salcedo (the town before Guiuan). While under 30 ft. of water I came across one pretty old Coca-Cola bottle. I can say it’s old because of the corals that are encrusting on it. It just so happens that I am also a Coca-Cola collector. Hence, after my ascent I immediately asked around if there are still Coke bottles of this sort around. And to my surprise (and delight) surely there were (at Guiuan).
What I want to know is how Coca-Cola played a part (no matter how minor) in the servicemen’s daily life in the islands. This would be a wonderful backgrounder to the Coca-Cola bottle that I am putting up in a Coke mini-museum here in Tacloban. I would really appreciate it if some of you guys could impart some personal experiences pertaining to your Coke consumption during those days. Did you use straws or drunk it straight from the bottles? Or maybe how was it transported then…from Tacloban to Guiuan? Directly from the US carried by one of the boats? Maybe one of you intentionally dropped that Coca-Cola bottle that I found.
Likewise, if you have any request pertaining to Guiuan please do not hesitate, as I might just be able to fulfill them. Anyway with the much-improved roads it’s just 2-3 hours ride now from Tacloban.
Lastly, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for the help and assistance you provided the Filipino people. We do not forget you.
This is all for now and hope to hear from you guys. More power!
Jerome P.S. You may want to include your complete name, rank and inclusive date of service at Guiuan. I will also accommodate (display) pictures in the museum if you would send some (even electronically).