BAMBOO ORGAN

I can’t imagine how this music instrument has been preserved for a myriad of years. It’s still functioning well and it’s declared as a National Cultural Treasure of the country.

Embedded on the wall inside the St. Joseph Parish Church in Las Piñas is where we can find the nineteenth-century organ music instrument made almost entirely of bamboo.

The Las Piñas Bamboo Organ was built by a Spanish priest known as Fr. Diego Cera de la Vigen del Carmen. As one of the Augustinian Recollects, he served as a parish priest in Las Piñas from 1795 to 1830. Historians describe him as a gifted man, natural scientist, chemist, community leader, organist and organ builder.

Being a popular destination of local and foreign visitors alike, I went there lately to take some pictures in order to share it to all of you.

This is the St. Joseph Church in Las Piñas. It was completely built in the year 1819.

This is the Bamboo Organ.  It was completely finished in 1824 after Fr. Cera decided to use metal for the trumpets whose character he can not produce with bamboo.

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~ by sherwinportillo on September 11, 2012.

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