Lat 18° 11' 56N Long 120° 35' 37E Laoag is located at an elevation of 59' / 17m above sea level in Ilocos Norte Province on Luzon in the Philippines. Also known as Loag, Laoang, Laog or Laoag City and is the the provincial capital of Ilocos Norte Province. To the south is the Laoag River and to the southwest on the coast is Gabu (Gabo, Pias) and Laoag Airfield further to the south is Gaang (Gan, Gaan-Victoria, Currimao). Borders the South China Sea to the west.
On December 10, 1941 the Japanese Army "Kanno Detachment" landed at Vigan and a column of troops and trucks began moving northward to occupy Laoag. On December 12, 1941 Japanese forces occupied Laoag. During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, Laoag was occupied by the Japanese Army with the town hall used by the Kempeitai (Kempi-Tai) Military
Before the Japanese occupation, Filipino
Governor-elect, Roque Ablan
fled to Solsona, and organizes the resistance with provincial prison
guards, civic minded citizens and Army reservists, collaborating
with the USAFIP-NL (U. S. Armed Forces in the Philippines - North
Luzon). By January 1942 Filipino guerrillas initiated their first guerrilla
action against the Japanese. In retaliation, the they bombed
towns and kill civilians suspected or harboring guerrillas or supporting the resistance.
In early February 1945 the Japanese withdrew demolishing part of the Gilbert Bridge over the Laoag River. On February 13, 1945 Filipino guerrillas from the 1st Battalion of the 15th Infantry of liberate Laoag.
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February 14, 2020