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Japan declares Philippine Independence

Dagupan City Philippines

World War II History


On October 13, 1943, Japan declares the Republic of the Philippines (Republika ng Pilipinas) during the Japanese occupation.

The photo on the right is from a postcard in my collection and shows women of Dagupan Pangasinan Philippines confronting Japanese soldiers and beginning to raise the Republic of the Philippines flag.

This Japanese sponsored republic lasted less than two years.


  • 1941, Dec 8 Japanese launch attack on the Philippines
  • 1942, Apr/May Philippine and American forces surrender in Bataan and Corregidor
  • 1942, Apr/May Philippine and American forces surrender in Bataan and Corregidor
  • 1943, Oct 14 Republic of Philippines was declared by the Japanese
  • 1944, Oct 20 Allied forces launch an attack to retake the Philippines
  • 1945, Sep 2 Japanese surrender to Allied Forces, reestablishing the Commonwealth of the Philippines

Dagupan








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