Review of the Bamboo Organ in Las PiñasCity, Philippines
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Review of the Bamboo Organ in Las PiñasCity, Philippines

The Bamboo Organ of Las Piñas City, Philippines is housed in St. Joseph's Church awaiting daily visits of people from different places.

The Bamboo Organ of Las Piñas, Philippines is one of the cultural heritages that have been preserved for hundreds of years. This bamboo organ has stood harsh times in the past like typhoons and earthquakes that led to the renovation of the St. Joseph’s Church where it is housed but luckily and with the care of concerned people, the Bamboo Organ is still working well and is being played during mass.

To mark the internationally acclaimed Bamboo Organ Instrument and being the only bamboo organ surviving to this day, the Bamboo Organ Festival of Las Piñas is held every year in the month of February. This is one of the notable events in the country in which internationally recognized musicians perform. This year’s 36th International Bamboo Organ Festival will be held on February 17-23. This event promotes the rich musical culture and tradition of the Philippines. The Bamboo organ which was brought hundreds of years ago by the Spanish has become an internationally recognized instrument because of its uniqueness. The Bamboo Organ was declared by the National Museum of the Philippines officially as a “National Cultural Treasure” in November 24, 2003.

The Philippines was colonized by the Spaniards for 333 years, during those times the Spaniards had spread the teachings in Catholicism widely in the Philippine Islands which explains why the Philippines is dominated by the Roman Catholics. The Bamboo Organ is a creation of Fr. Diego Cera, a native of Spain who served as a Parish Priest in Las Piñas when the Philippines was still under the colony of Spain. However in 1880, a destructive typhoon hit the Philippines and damaged the organ. The organ was not touched for many years since then.

In 1972, the organ was finally given attention by Johannes Klais Orgalbau. The organ was shifted to Germany in 1973 for restoration. It took two years for the bamboo organ to be restored. Luckily most of the parts of the bamboo organ were retained. Finally in 1975, the bamboo organ was brought back to the St. Joseph’s Parish Church in Las Piñas, Philippines.

The Bamboo Organ could be viewed in the Las Piñas St Joseph’s Church where it is played for mass celebrations. As an internationally acclaimed unique instrument, the Bamboo Organ of Las Piñas is honored with a yearly celebration called the “Bamboo Organ Festival.”

This year’s 36th Bamboo Organ Festival will be celebrated with the performance of internationally recognized musicians in the Philippines. Among the performers are the Las Piñas Boys Choir, Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir, Festival Orchestra, Imusicapella Chamber Choir, and the Chamber Music of the Baroque.

The Bamboo Organ of Las Piñas has been enjoying the tap of the fingers of well known musicians. And several tourists visit the place to have a view of the beautiful unique instrument sitting prettily on the second floor of the St. Joseph’s Church.

The Bamboo Organ has stood harsh times yet it still sits in the St. Joseph’s Church awaiting daily visits of Filipinos coming from different places in the Philippines and people coming from different countries all over the world.

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