THE PHILIPPINES: Priest on the Picket Line

By night, Colonel Andres Soriano, a tall, imperious gentleman with, a bristling mustache, is a glittering figure at Manila's diplomatic receptions and society soirees. Soriano loves to dance, is frequently seen cutting elegant capers at the Riviera, Manila's fanciest nightclub. By day, Soriano is an industrial tycoon whose multimillion-dollar interests include the Magnolia Dairy, the San Miguel Brewery, and the Philippine Air Lines. He is also a powerful figure behind the government of President Elpidio Quirino.

Soriano's polar opposite in Manila is stocky, cleft-chinned Father Walter B. Hogan, 37, a Jesuit priest from Philadelphia who arrived in the Philippines in...