The Fight Against Japanese Samurai and Pirates in Cagayan
The Japanese have always been important neighbors of the Philippines. In pre-colonial times, Japanese traders made the journey south to places like Cagayan, Pangasinan, and Manila to conduct trade deals. This continued into the age of Spanish colonization, with Japanese Christians even settling in the country.
But there was also another side to the Japanese-Filipino relationship, one driven by violence and war, one that pre-dates the Second World War. In the 1580s, the Japanese almost invaded the Philippines.