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.

Resistance Against The Japanese Army

The inhuman treatment and uncertainties of their fate in the hands of the Japanese drove many men and women to join the guerilla movement. The first organized movement was led by on known only as Strong. However, His command did not last long because of his capture. Another organization came up. This was the Fil-American Guerilla forces under Col. Ponciano Redor of Laguna. During this period Infanta was annexed to Laguna Province. It was claimed back by the province of Tayabas after the liberation period. Because of the strategic position of Infanta and its nearness to the Sierra Madre Mountains it became a shelter for the retreating Japanese forces. The Increasing number of Japanese soldiers brought fear to the people so many took to the mountain and the Polillo Island Groups A bit of relief came when the American forces set foot in the soils of Masanga from a submarine.