Alongside Cainta, the town of Taytay, Rizal was liberated from the hands of the Japanese Imperial Army on February 22, 1945. During the occupation of the Japanese in Rizal, Filipinos organized different groups, such as the Hunters ROTC and the Marking’s Filipino-American Troops, to resist the Japanese invaders.

Crossing their way through the hilly mountains of Rizal, the 2nd Cavalry Brigade hid behind cogon grass and patchy bamboos to conceal themselves from the machine guns and artillery set-up by the Noguchi Force of the Japanese Shimbu Group. As the encounter between the two forces led to a series of attacks, the guerrillas used sandbags and log bunkers to camouflage their entrenchments for protection. When the Filipino guerrillas continuously advanced towards the hilly steps of Taytay, the Noguchi Force had no choice but to retreat eastward towards the caves and withdraw their remaining forces.

Subsequently, the combined efforts of the 42nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army and the 4th Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Constabulary contributed to the liberation of the town. Side-by-side with the Filipino guerrillas, they were able to liberate Taytay on 22 February 1945.

References:

Smith, Robert Ross. Triumph in the Philippines: The War in the Pacific. University Press of the Pacific, 2005.

PVAO Digitized Collection

FEBRUARY 22, 1945 LIBERATION OF TAYTAY

FEBRUARY 22, 1945 LIBERATION OF CAINTA

FEBRUARY 22, 1945 LIBERATION OF TAGUIG

FEBRUARY 19, 1945 LIBERATION OF PASIG 

FEBRUARY 17,1945 RETAKING OF FORT WILLIAM MCKINLEY

FEBRUARY 15,1945 LANDING IN MARIVELES, BATAAN

FEBRUARY 15,1945 RETAKING OF NICHOLS AIR FIELD

FEBRUARY 12, 1945 MASSACRE AT DE LA SALLE

FEBRUARY 9, 1945 LIBERATION OF MANDALUYONG

FEBRUARY 7, 1945 LIBERATION OF CATANDUANES

FEBRUARY 4, 1945 LIBERATION OF MUNTINLUPA

FEBRUARY 4, 1945 LIBERATION OF LAS PINAS

FEBRUARY 4, 1945 LIBERATION OF PARAÑAQUE

FEBRUARY 3, 1945 LIBERATION OF BIÑAN, LAGUNA

FEBRUARY 3, 1945 LIBERATION OF VALENZUELA

FEBRUARY 3, 1945 LIBERATION OF SAN JOSE, NUEVA ECIJA

FEBRUARY 3, 1945 LIBERATION OF UNIVERSITY OF SANTO THOMAS

FEBRUARY 3, 1945 BATTLE OF MANILA

FEBRUARY 3, 1945 LIBERATION OF TAGAYTAY

JANUARY 31, 1945 NASUGBU LANDING

JANUARY 30, 1945 LIBERATION OF CAMP PANGATIAN PRISONER OF WAR & CABANATUAN RAID

JANUARY 30, 1945 LIBERATION OF OLONGAPO CITY

JANUARY 26, 1945 LANDING IN SAN NARCISO

JANUARY 28, 1945 RETAKING OF CLARK AIR FIELD

JANUARY 26, 1945 BATTLE OF SANTA CRUZ, LAGUNA

JANUARY 23, 1945 LIBERATION OF BAMBAN, TARLAC