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2020

[PHOTOS] Early Archeological Excavations in Calatagan, Batangas

Below are photos of the early excavations undertaken in Calatagan under the leadership of the Swedish archeologist Olov Janse. Janse, known...

Batangas History 2 Dec, 2020

Chinese Ceramics and Evidence of Violence in the Early Calatagan Excavations

In the 1930s, while ground was being leveled for use as an airstrip in the Municipality of Calatagan on the western side of the Province of ...

Batangas History 30 Nov, 2020

When Balayan Guerrillas Stole Japanese Q-Boats from a Base in Calatagan in WWII

Towards the end of 1943, when the tides of war in the Pacific had started to turn in favor of the Allied Forces, Japan started to explore al...

Batangas History 16 Nov, 2020

The Burning of Rosario and Other Japanese Atrocities in the Town in 1945

On the 31 st of January 1945, the United States 8 th Army made its long awaited landing on the beaches of the town of Nasugbu in western B...

Batangas History 15 Oct, 2020

Intel Report with Sketch from Agent “C” on Japanese Movements in San Juan

The Luansing Unit Fil-American Batangas Guerrillas were commanded by one Galicano Luansing and known loosely as the “Luansing’s Unit.” This...

Batangas History 10 Oct, 2020

The Daring Guerrilla Raid on a Jap Sentry Outpost at Calicanto, Batangas in 1943

On the 8 th of December 1941, just hours after the Japanese attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Japanese aircraft li...

Batangas History 1 Oct, 2020

Protecting Cuenca against WWII Japanese Stragglers and Convincing them to Surrender

On the 20 th of April 1945, the 187 th Glider Infantry Regiment of the United States Army’s 11 th Airborne Division, after some fierce an...

Batangas History 22 Sep, 2020

Testimony of Simeona Yu of Santo Tomas, Batangas on Abuses Suffered at the Hands of the Japanese in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Simeona Yu of Santo Tomas, Batangas atrocities she and her family suffered at the hands of the Japan...

Batangas History 31 Aug, 2020

Testimony of Gliceria Malvecino on Japanese Atrocities Committed in Sto. Tomas, Batangas in 1945

This page contains the testimony of Gliceria Meer Malvecino of Santo Tomas, Batangas on atrocities committed by the Japanese in the town in ...

Batangas History 4 Aug, 2020

Testimony of Godofredo Brual on Japanese Atrocities Committed Committed in Bauan, Batangas in 1945

This page contains the testimony of Godofredo Brual of Bauan, Batangas atrocities committed by the Japanese in his town in 1945. The pages ...

Batangas History 1 Aug, 2020

Testimony of Gemeniano Brual on Japanese Atrocities Committed in Bauan, Batangas in 1945

This page contains the testimony of Gemeniano Brual of Bauan, Batangas atrocities committed by the Japanese in his town in 1945. The pages ...

Batangas History 1 Aug, 2020

Statement of Mikio Taneichi on the Order for the Subjugation of Tanauan in 1945

Mikio Taneichi was one of four officers of the Imperial Japanese Army tried by the United States Military Commission in the aftermath of Wor...

Batangas History 1 Aug, 2020

Testimony of Maximo Malvar of Santo Tomas, Batangas on the Japanese Forces in His Area in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Maximo Malvar of Santo Tomas, Batangas in 1945 on the disposition and make-up of the Japanese forces...

Batangas History 1 Aug, 2020

Testimony of Egmedio Palmes of San Jose Batangas on his Escape from Japanese Atrocity

This page contains the testimony of one Egmedio Palmes of San Jose, Batangas on his near-escape from being killed by Japanese soldiers. The...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Juan Zamosa on Japanese Atrocities Committed in Tanauan, Batangas in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Juan Zamosa on Japanese atrocities committed in Tanauan, Batangas in 1945. The pages contained here...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Sofia Moog of San Jose, Batangas on Her Experience of Japanese Atrocity in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Sofia Moog of San Jose, Batangas on how she experienced Japanese atrocity in 1945. The pages contai...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Jose Mercado of San Jose, Batangas on How His Family suffered at the Hands of the Japanese in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Jose Mercado of San Jose, Batangas on how the Japanese killed members of his family. The pages cont...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Jose Corona on Japanese Atrocities Committed in Tanauan, Batangas in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Jose Corona on Japanese atrocities committed in Tanauan, Batangas in 1945. The pages contained here...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Saturnino Lorzano of San Jose, Batangas on How the Japanese Murdered His Wife and Child in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Saturnino Lorzano of San Jose, Batangas on how the Japanese murdered his wife and daughter in 1945. ...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Marcelina Endaya of Santo Tomas, Batangas on Her Experiences of Japanese Atrocities in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Marcelina Endaya on Japanese atrocities she suffered and witnessed in Santo Tomas, Batangas in 1945....

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Joaquin Mendoza on Japanese Atrocities Committed in Tanauan, Batangas in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Joaquin Mendoza on Japanese atrocities committed in Tanauan, Batangas in 1945. The pages contained ...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Gregorio Ilao of San Jose, Batangas on his Experience of Japanese Atrocities in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Gregorio Ilao of San Jose, Batangas on how he was made to do forced labor by the Japanese and how he...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Pantaleon Dalangin of Rosario, Batangas on Japanese Atrocities He Witnessed in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Pantaleon Dalangin on Japanese atrocities he witnessed in Rosario, Batangas in 1945. The pages cont...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Maxima Umali of San Jose, Batangas on Japanese Atrocities in her Town in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Maxima Umali of San Jose, Batangas on atrocities committed by the Japanese in her town in 1945. The...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Dominica Maralit of San Jose Batangas on the Murder of Her Husband by the Japanese in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Dominica Maralit of San Jose, Batangas on how the Japanese killed her husband, Dr. Lorenzo Maralit. ...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Magno Sandoval of Rosario, Batangas on Japanese Atrocities He Witnessed in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Magno Sandoval on Japanese atrocities he witnessed in Rosario, Batangas in 1945. The pages containe...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Josefa Aguila of San Jose, Batangas on Japanese Atrocities She Suffered in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Josefa Aguila of San Jose, Batangas on her personal experience of Japanese atrocity in 1945. The pa...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Fausto Atienza of San Jose, Batangas on the Massacre of his Family by the Japanese in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Fausto Atienza of San Jose, Batangas on how he was made to do forced labor by the Japanese and how t...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Dionisio Paez of San Jose Batangas on Japanese Atrocities He Experienced in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Dionisio Paez of San Jose, Batangas on atrocities he himself experienced with his son and grandson. ...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Manuel Umali of San Jose, Batangas on the Arrest and Massacre of Prominent People by the Japanese in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Manual Umali of San Jose, Batangas on the arrest and apparent massacre of prominent townspeople by ...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Isidoro Magnaye on Japanese Atrocities Committed in Tanauan, Batangas in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Isidoro Magnaye on Japanese atrocities committed in Tanauan, Batangas in 1945. The pages contained ...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Desiderio Barcelos of Rosario, Batangas on Japanese Atrocities He Witnessed in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Desiderio Barcelos on Japanese atrocities he witnessed in Rosario, Batangas in 1945. The pages cont...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Melchor Mendoza of San Jose, Batangas on Japanese Atrocities at Bo. Lapulapu II in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Melchor Mendoza of San Jose, Batangas on the burning of houses and other atrocities committed by the...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Catalino Macalintal of Rosario, Batangas on Japanese Atrocities He Witnessed in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Catalino Macalintal on Japanese atrocities he witnessed in Rosario, Batangas in 1945. The pages con...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Catalina Vale of San Jose, Batangas on Japanese Atrocities Witnessed at Bo. Lapulapu I in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Catalina Vale of San Jose, Batangas on atrocities committed by the Japanese in the barrio of Lapulap...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Teotimo Macalinao of San Jose, Batangas on Japanese Atrocities in Barrio Lapulapu I in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Teotimo Macalinao of San Jose, Batangas on the burning of houses and the massacre of civilians in Ba...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Leovigilda Macapagal of San Jose, Batangas on Massacre of her Family by the Japanese in 1945

This page contains the testimony of one Leovigilda Macapagal of San Jose, Batangas on the massacre of her family by the Japanese in 1945. T...

Batangas History 31 Jul, 2020

The Tanauan Guerrillas who Helped Downed US Pilots Escape the Japanese in WWII

Beginning on the 10 th up to the 20 th of October 1944, planes of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise started raiding Japanese airfields i...

Batangas History 18 Jul, 2020

Testimony of Francisco Manigbas on Japanese Atrocities Committed in Bauan, Batangas in 1945

This page contains the testimony of Dr. Francisco Manigbas of Bauan, Batangas atrocities committed by the Japanese in his town in 1945. The...

Batangas History 30 Jun, 2020

10 World War II Trivia Set in Batangas

World War II and the Japanese occupation of the Philippines from 1942-1945 rank among the most tragic events ever to have affected the Provi...

Batangas History 27 Jun, 2020

The Amusing Folkloric Tale of How Lipa City Got its Name

Many of the folkloric stories about how the cities, towns and barrios of Batangas got their names had something to do with amusing supposed ...

Batangas History 19 Jun, 2020

Bayorbor in Mataasnakahoy and Bayudbod in Tuy: Lost Meaning of the Names

A quick examination of the names of the barrios around the province of Batangas and one quickly sees that there is a commonality to the name...

Batangas History 12 Jun, 2020

WWII Batangas: Forced Cotton Planting and Civilian Hunger

Among the common themes related to World War II in Batangas found in the so-called “historical data” required by the administration of Presi...

Batangas History 31 May, 2020

A 1920 Biography of Apolinario Mabini

From a 1920 publication entitled “Prose Selections” of the Department of Public Instruction and Bureau of Education, we extract this easy to...

Batangas History 24 May, 2020

How Mount Batulao Got Its Name – a Folkloric Story

At the border between the provinces of Batangas and Cavite rises an inactive volcano called Mount Batulao. It has an elevation of 2,274 fee...

Batangas History 23 May, 2020

The Beginnings of “Kapeng Barako’s” Association with Batangas

Fact 1: Mention “kapeng barako” (Spanish: café verraco 1 ) and most people immediately think of the province of Batangas. This is despite ...

Batangas History 19 May, 2020

Guerrilla Groups that Operated in Batangas in WWII

Guerrilla groups that were formed and operated in the years of the Japanese occupation of the Philippines from early 1942 to mid-1945 played...

Batangas History 10 May, 2020

“At the Capture of Rosario:” an Account of the US Army’s 1900 Incursion into Batangas

This article contains a transcription of an article that appeared in a 12 January 1900 issue of “The American 1 ,” an English-language newsp...

Batangas History 6 May, 2020

PHOTO: US Army Moving in to Liberate Santo Tomas, Batangas March 1945

Beginning March 1945, the United States Army commenced an operation to liberate the province of Batangas from Japanese control, this after t...

Batangas History 1 May, 2020

PHOTO: Newly-Constructed Bridge Laguna-Batangas Border, Postwar

Below is a picture of the bridge along the Manila-Batangas Road at the border between the provinces of Laguna and Batangas. It has been tak...

Batangas History 30 Apr, 2020

PHOTO: Preparing to Blow up a Bridge in Batangas, 1941

Late in December 1943, with American forces in the Philippines unable to hold back the tide of the Japanese invasion, orders were issued by ...

Batangas History 27 Apr, 2020

PHOTO: Pass in Review and Airdrop at Lipa Airstrip, June 1945

By June 1945, the Japanese occupation in Batangas was over and done with. Forces of the Japanese Imperial Army had been pushed up north. Me...

Batangas History 24 Apr, 2020

PHOTO: 11th Airborne Officers Attend Ammo Demo in Batangas, April 45

By mid-April, Batangas was for all intents and purposes liberated from Japanese occupation. The 11 th Airborne Division, the large US Army...

Batangas History 23 Apr, 2020

VIDEO: Operation Mike-6, US Armada Sails into Nasugbu Beach 1945

Operation Mike-6 1 was the code for the landing of the United States Eighth Army on the beaches of Nasugbu, Batangas on 31 January 1945. T...

Batangas History 16 Apr, 2020

PHOTO: Landing Ships Approaching Beach during the Nasugbu Landing 1945

Below is a photo of United States Navy landing ships approaching the beach during the Nasugbu Landing of 31 January 1945. It is titled “Nas...

Batangas History 10 Apr, 2020

PHOTO: Landing Ships Offshore during the Nasugbu Landing 1945

Below is a photo of United States Navy LSM’s (Landing Ship, Medium) and LST’s (Landing Ship, Tank) just offshore during the Nasugbu Landing ...

Batangas History 10 Apr, 2020

PHOTO: Philippine Army Soldiers Paddle to Meet U.S. Forces, Nasugbu Landing 1945

Filipino soldiers on a banca to meet US forces in the 1945 Nasugbu Landing. Photo credit: US Naval History & Heritage Command. Above ...

Batangas History 10 Apr, 2020

PHOTO: Cathedral in Batangas, C. 1900

Below is a photo taken from the United States Navy Archives called Naval History and Heritage Command. It is titled “NH 2367 The cathedral,...

Batangas History 10 Apr, 2020

VIDEO: Gen. Walter Krueger Visiting 11th Airborne Camp in Lipa, Batangas 1945

By April 1945, the 11 th Airborne Division of the United States Army had successfully done away with the last pockets of Japanese resistanc...

Batangas History 6 Apr, 2020

VIDEO: US Army Nasugbu Landing, 31 January 1945

Below is a short video of the landing by Allied Forces on the beaches of Nasugbu, Batangas on 31 January 1945, something history remembers a...

Batangas History 4 Apr, 2020

VIDEO: The Kay Kyser Show for the 11th Airborne in Lipa, Batangas, 1945

In August of 1945, while troops mostly of the 11th Airborne Division rested and recuperated at the Lipa Airstrip in what is now Lipa City in...

Batangas History 31 Mar, 2020

VIDEO: US Army Airstrikes on Mt. Maculot, Batangas, 1945

In the liberation of the province of Batangas conducted by the United States Army and the other Allied Forces in 1945, a common Japanese tac...

Batangas History 30 Mar, 2020

VIDEO: General Walter Krueger of the US Sixth Army Visiting Lipa Airstrip, 1945

A pass in review at the Lipa Airstrip in 1945. Sometime in June, 1945, a pass in review was held at the Lipa Airstrip in Batangas in honor o...

Batangas History 30 Mar, 2020

VIDEO: The 187th Infantry Regiment, US Army, in Barrio Sulok, Santo Tomas, Batangas, 1945

By April 1945, the Province of Batangas was all but liberated from Japanese presence. The Japanese Imperial Army was on the run and had bee...

Batangas History 30 Mar, 2020

VIDEO: 11th Airborne Jump School at the Lipa Airfield, Batangas

By the month of April in the year 1945, the province of Batangas had been all but liberated from the hands of the Japanese by the United Sta...

Batangas History 29 Mar, 2020

Taal Volcano Eruptions: a Historical Record

Below is a record of the eruptions of Taal Volcano dating back to the dawn of the Spanish colonial era in the Philippines. The data is take...

Batangas History 22 Mar, 2020

Muslo and the Maliputo: the Great Fishes of Taal Lake and the Pansipit River

Back in the 1960s when this writer was still a young boy, his mother would take him along at daybreak on the forty or so minute ride to Leme...

Batangas History 10 Mar, 2020

Historic Photos of the Taal Volcano Crater Lakes, 1907

The photographs contained in this page have been extracted from an scientific paper written by Raymond Foss Bacon and published in 1907 in t...

Batangas History 9 Mar, 2020

The Regeneration of Taal Crater Island: Clues from the 1911 Eruption

Readers will only be too familiar with images of the Taal Volcano Crater Island having been reduced to a barren wasteland in the immediate a...

Batangas History 3 Mar, 2020

The Amusing Stories of Suan, Batangas’ Version of Juan Tamad

Long before mass media and the Internet became ubiquitous in every Filipino household, people entertained themselves by, among other things,...

Batangas History 28 Feb, 2020

How American GIs Helped Revive Batangas’ Balisong Industry

The first balisong or Batangas fan-knife, one of the lasting symbols of the Batangueño, was created by one Perfecto de Leon of the barrio of...

Batangas History 18 Feb, 2020

5 Steps to Finding a Wife the Batangueño Way – Old Batangas Courtship Traditions

Young men in the 1960s and after probably have to thank the American regime and the onslaught of western thinking that freed them from the o...

Batangas History 8 Feb, 2020

In World War II, People Evacuated TO the Taal Volcano Crater Island

Although Taal Volcano Island has long been declared a “permanent danger zone” by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHI...

Batangas History 3 Feb, 2020