Baguio Branch #154 Vice President Mel Tagudar and LAFRA UNit #154 President Filipinas Ramones participate in the annual Baguio Liberation Day ceremony.
Baguio War Chronology:
Dec. 8, 1941– 18 Japanese plane drops 128 bombs and hit Camp John Hay Main Gate.
Dec. 28, 1941– Japanese forces occupy Baguio, using Camp John Hay as their Headquarters.
Feb 23, 1942– Heroism of IGOROT guerrillas in the jungle of Bataan Reported by
Times Magazine . and New York Times.
April 9, 1942– The Fall of Bataan and thereafter the infamous DEATH MARCH.
Oct. 30, 1942– Freedom fighter from 66th Infantry pull of the evacuation and escape
Apr. 26, 27,to May 3, 1945– The 33rd Div. of the U.S. Army and the 2nd Battalion of
the 66th Infantry liberated Baguio and Benguet;
Sept. 2, 1945– Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita, Commander of the Japanese Forces surrender to the U.S Army in Kiangan, Ifugao.
Sept. 3, 1945– Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita signs the term of surrender at Camp John Hay, thereby marking the end of the War in the Philippine, in the same place where the first Japanese bombs fell on December 8, 1941.
Photos courtesy of S/m Eduardo Narvaez, branch #154 Secretary