Some Filipino soldiers paraded on the streets so bravely indeed, that many civilians were the victims of their cruelty. They boxed, kicked, shot and even tortured civilians. Captain Eugenio Antonio headed these soldiers. When the Japanese came they were even faster than the manatad. They fled to the mountains. The soldiers made the civilians worked on rice bfields, building headquarters, carry bars of soaps and sacks of salt to Negros Occidental.
Ilawod is famous for skulls and skeletons of human beings for the brutes tortured and killed the captured Filipino soldiers and civilians in this place. To this day the remains of the victims are visible.
The people of Ayungon were honored by the passing visit of Governor-General Teodoro Roosebelt, Jr. The governor stopped a while to greet the people who were waiting for him. This incident was climaxed by a Fandango of the Governor-General and the old woman Capitana Tiray.
The period from 1896-1900 was one of a relief to the people for the Americans brought to them a life of freedom but theperiod from 1941 to 1945 was a time utmost suffering for the freedom brought by the Americans were grabbed by the invaders. Houses were burned, many were tortured and killed, farms were abandoned. Many died of famine and malaria.
After the war the Americans rehabilitated the town by giving the people money as war damages. The town was a recipient of a new semi-permanent school building, a shop and home Economics building.