HomeThe Journal of Historyvol. 20 no. 1-2 (1975)

The Rationale of Philippine Cultural life during the Japanese Occupation

Marcelino A. Foronda Jr.

Discipline: History, Philippine History




While not wholly unexpected, the Japanese attack on the Philippines was, to most Filipinos, sudden and swift, catching them unaware. Striking from all directions, Japanese forces overran the archipelago, and unbelieving Filipinos who relied too much on the vaunted invincibility of the American forces in the country could hardly accept the reality that Manila had fallen on January 2, 1942. This paper describes the cultural life in the Philippines when the Japanese came and colonized the Philippines.