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Homma-Yamashita Shrine

Four years of war and the Japanese occupation destroyed many buildings, roads, and bridges in and around Los Baños.

by Jhaypee Guia on June 20, 2012


Four years of war and the Japanese occupation destroyed many buildings, roads, and bridges in and around Los Baños. In quick succession, the College of Agriculture of the University of the Philippines in Los Banos, became a camp for prisoners of war and an internment camp for nationals of allied nations during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. During the dramatic rescue of the Americans and internees by Filipino guerillas and U.S. paratroopers on February 23, 1935, the entire campus was razed to the ground. Only Baker Hall, the armory-gymnasium, remained standing amidst the rubble. Shortly after the war, Generals Masaharu Homma and Tomoyuki Yamashita, the commanders of the Japanese Imperial Army were executed in April 1946. They were tried for war crimes and executed near the Economic Garden. The shrine with commemorative markings is located near the main highway.


Homma-Yamashita Shrine is located inside the campus of the University of Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna.


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How to get here

Here is a list of terminals where you can spot buses that have trips going to Laguna.

  • Kamias, Quezon City (near Cubao)
  • Buendia corner at Taft Ave., Manila

Take a bus going to Sta. Cruz, then tell the driver or conductor to drop you off at UPLB, popularly knows as “College”. When you get off, ride a jeep going to campus.

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