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The World War II spanned for nearly four years and the clash between the Allied and Axis powers killed millions of people and destroyed billions worth of property. Several Japanese soldiers of the Shobu group assigned in Luzon led by Japanese Imperial Army General Tomoyuki Yamashita, also known as the “Tiger of Malaya”, refused the order of Japanese Emperor Hirohito to surrender and insisted to continue waging war. The Japanese Shobu group continued to fight against the combined forces of the US 6th, 32nd and 37th supported by different guerrilla groups primarily coming from the United States Armed Forces in the Philippines – Northern Luzon (USAFIP-NL). With the combined Filipino and American forces advancing towards the Japanese Forces, General Yamashita tried to rebuild his army but was forced to retreat from Manila to the mountains of Ifugao and Cordillera.

General Yamashita and his remaining forces were pressured by the unrelenting onslaught of the combined United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) and the Philippine guerrilla movement in Kiangan’s forested and once-entrenched Nabuilaguian Hill. Following almost a month of bombardment, General Yamashita and his troops were eventually cornered and captured by the operatives from the “A” Company, 11th Infantry, USAFIP-NL in Kiangan, Ifugao. The USAFIP-NL which captured General Yamashita consisted of Igorot fighters.

On 02 September 1945, the World War II ended when General Yamashita was captured. The captured general and his soldiers were then airlifted to Baguio City the next day where he formally signed the surrender documents before American Forces in Camp John Hay on September 3, 1945. The fall of General Yamashita is commemorated every 2nd of September as “Victory Day”, marking the liberation of the Philippines from the oppressive Japanese rule.

SEPTEMBER 9, 1945 VICTORY DAY IN NEGROS ISLAND

SEPTEMBER 3, 1945 END OF WORLD WAR II IN BAGUIO

SEPTEMBER 2, 1945 SURRENDER OF GENERAL YAMASHITA AT KIANGAN, IFUGAO

AUGUST 15, 1945   LIBERATION OF BENGUET

AUGUST 4, 1945   LIBERATION OF ATOK, BENGUET

JULY 26, 1945 LIBERATION OF NATONIN, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE

JULY 20, 1945 LIBERATION OF MANKAYAN, BENGUET

JULY 19, 1945 LIBERATION OF KABAYAN, BENGUET

JULY 17, 1945   LIBERATION OF BOKOD, BENGUET

JUNE 27, 1945   LIBERATION OF APARRI, CAGAYAN

JUNE 25, 1945   LIBERATION OF TUGUEGARAO CAGAYAN

JUNE 19, 1945   LIBERATION OF ILAGAN, ISABELA

JUNE 14, 1945  BATTLE OF BESSANG PASS  

MAY 20, 1945 LIBERATION OF MALAYBALAY, BUKIDNON

MAY 17, 1945 LIBERATION OF KIBUNGAN & TUBLAY, BENGUET

MAY 17, 1945 BATTLE OF IPO DAM

MAY 14, 1945 BATTLE OF MALEPUNYO

MAY 13, 1945 BATTLE OF BALETE PASS  

MAY 3, 1945 BATTLE OF ISING

MAY 3, 1945 LIBERATION OF DAVAO CITY

APRIL 28, 1945 LIBERATION OF DIGOS, DAVAO CITY

APRIL 27, 1945 LIBERATION OF BAGUIO CITY

APRIL 26, 1945 LIBERATION OF  TUBA, BENGUET

APRIL 26, 1945 LIBERATION OF  DUMAGUETE CITY

APRIL 22, 1945 A SALUTE TO VALOR – PALAWAN LIBERATION

APRIL 20, 1945 LIBERATION OF DUMAGUETE CITY

APRIL 20, 1945 LIBERATION OF PIKIT

APRIL 18, 1945 LANDING IN COTABATO

APRIL 17, 1945 LIBERATION OF PARANG,  MAGUINDANAO

APRIL 10, 1945 LIBERATION OF SABLAN, BENGUET

APRIL 9, 1945 LANDING IN JOLO ISLAND

APRIL 1, 1945 LIBERATION OF BURGOS, LA UNION

APRIL 1, 1945 LANDING IN LEGASPI

MARCH 29, 1945 LIBERATION OF LIPA CITY

MARCH 29, 1945 LANDING IN NEGROS ISLAND

MARCH 26, 1945 LANDING IN TALISAY, CEBU

MARCH 19, 1945 BATTLE OF BACSIL RIDGE

MARCH 19, 1945 LIBERATION OF BAUANG, LA UNION

MARCH 18, 1945 LIBERATION OF PANAY, ROMBLON, AND GUIMARAS 

MARCH 17, 2004  ILOILO VETERANS MEMORIAL DAY 

MARCH 10, 1945   LIBERATION OF ZAMBOANGA