The Japanese Occupation

When the second World War broke out, the Mayor of Infanta was the Hon. Sixto Quirrez (1940-1944). Unfortunately he was killed by the Japanese under the command of Captain┬┤s Kawasa and Tomida. The exact landing of the Japanese was on July 19, 1942. From the date, Infanta lived in fear and uncertainty. Inhabitants from the remote areas were robbed of their proprety and food. Killing was everywere. Peopled were massacred especially in barangay Alitas and Balobo. On April 13, 1945, he was killed or gunned down. The unreasonable killing was to avengge the death of Gen. Homa, known as the conqueror of Singapore. He was killed by the guerilla forces under the command of Col. Ponciano Redor of the Fil-American Forces.

The Japanese General was killed in Kinalumbakan, now a barangay of Real, Quezon. Afraid of more reprisals from the Japanese Imperial Army, many people fled to the mountains or to the island of Polillo. Others joined the resistance movement and fought openly against the Japanese army. There were very few people in the Poblacion. At the height of the japanese occupation of Infanta, the present elementary school was made a garrison where innocent people were brought and imprisoned. Many were tortured then buried in the single pit dug by themeselves. To further inculcate into the minds of the people the ideologies of the Japanese, they ordered the use of Niponggo in schools. At that time there was only one high school named Pacific Katipunan Institute as the center of instructions Infanta, Quezon. This order was also imposed in the elementary level up to the seventh grade.

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