December of 1941, the Philippines and its people, while in the process
independence from the United States, was dragged into a war with Japan.
war clearly not of its own making. Masked behind each material used
exhibit are the severe realities of war: Filipinos were forced to
bow their heads
the new lords of the land, made to endure pain and forced to bear witness
the senseless killings of relatives and friends.
perhaps the biggest tragedy that befell on the Filipinos
that for more than three long years they were a forgotten people.
they resisted the new rulers with dignity and pride.
at the same time, the Filipinos were faced with the reality
in order to survive, it must also learn to live side by side
the new colonizers. In brief, this is what this exhibit is all about.
of outbound and incoming mail.
collaboration of some of its citizenry.
geopolitical changes the Japanese made.
resumption of postal services.
to the occupation by guerrilla forces.
on all mail matters was imposed throughout the Philippines.
Prisoners of War, both military and civilian, detailed through prisoner
of war mail,
emphasis on the arduous route it took to reach the Philippines.
landing of American troops in Leyte and culminating with the liberation
the entire Philippines from Japanese rule. Japanís military power finally
it signed theUnconditional Surrender Documents
board the USS Missouri anchored in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.