Liberation of Kapangan, Benguet
Liberation of Kapangan, Benguet / Kapangan, Benguet
Upon hearing the landings at Lingayen, the members of the 66th Infantry Regiment, United States Armed Forces in the Philippines (USAFIP-NL), whose headquarters was located at Kapangan, immediately commenced the assault on the Japanese occupation forces in the province. The presence of the USAFIP-NL headquarters in Kapangan proved to be pivotal as it paved the way for the transmission of the intelligence reports on Japanese operations and presence in Cordillera. The Igorots’ continuous ambushes, roadblocks and sabotage operations made life difficult for the Japanese occupying Benguet.
By the time the Liberation Forces were able to reach Benguet, they found the province almost devoid of Japanese troops. Initially skeptical of the 66th Infantry’s feat, the Americans sent observers only to find out the truth that for in the span of of a few months, the 66th Infantry were indeed responsible for the deaths of over 4,000 Japanese soldiers in the area. General Yamashita’s forces were greatly reduced thanks to the efforts of the guerrillas. The Liberation of Kapangan is celebrated every 7th of March, the day when the first Allied plane made its landing in Dontog, Paykek, Kapangan.