Bamboo Organ

Satellite view image of St. Joseph's Church in Las Piñas City, which houses the Bamboo Organ.

You can find at the poblacion of Las Piñas City the world-renowed Bamboo Organ. You can’t actually see the organ in Google Maps but the Parish of St. Joseph church’s building instead. The parish and the Bamboo Organ are part of the Las Piñas Historical Corridor that also includes the previously-featured Zapote Bridge to the southwest.

The proponent of the Bamboo Organ was Fr. Diego Cera, an Augustinian monk from Spain. He started the construction of the organ in 1816, while the church itself was being constructed, and was finished in 1824. The organ was damaged by natural disasters a few times and was restored to its present state in the 1970s.

The Bamboo Organ is not the only organ with bamboo pipes in the world, but it is certainly the most famous in the world. Each year in February, the International Bamboo Organ Festival is held in and around the church featuring selected classical and religious foreign and local musicians performing many different numbers.

To learn more, go visit the official website or read more at Wikipedia.

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July 3, 2006
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