A rare photo of Baguio after World War II. I was able to interview several veterans who lived through the Japanese occupation in Baguio, a year ago. All of them agree that that four years were relatively peaceful except for a public beheading at the marketplace done by the Japanese soldier to a suspected guerilla. Many of the Baguio residents before the occupation were Japanese, and had contributed much to the construction of infrastructures and roads (like the Kennon Road) in the Cordillera, even contributing to Igorot farming at high altitudes. During the Liberation, the Japanese fled to the northern Cordillera mountains. Baguio was not spared.
Missing Baguio. :(
Baguio City, 1945
The near total destruction of the city after World War II is clear in this photo taken looking south-west across Burnham Park from north of where the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints is located today. If you look closely, you’ll also be able to see Session Road.
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