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Las Pinas City: Las Piñas Church

Located in Las Piñas City, Las Piñas Church is known for its nineteenth-century pipe organ made entirely from bamboo. The organ, popularly known as the Las Piñas Bamboo Organ Church, is declared as a National Cultural Treasure of the country.
Las Piñas Church
Las Piñas Church, also known as St. Joseph Parish Church, was founded by Augustinian Recollects on November 5, 1795. The construction was started and supervised by Father Diego Cera de la Virgen del Carmen.
History of the church
Church Facade

Father Cera was known as a very gifted man. Aside from his inborn leadership skills, he was also known as an artist whose forte was building organs. He was known for the organs that he built for the Manila Cathedral and San Nicolas de Tolentino Church in Intramuros, Manila. In 1816 Father Cera constructed the Las Piñas Bamboo organ and completed the instrument in 1824. Father Cera served as the parish priest of Las Piñas Church until May 15, 1832. He died on June 24, 1832, in Manila.
The oldest bamboo organ in the world
Church altar
Like most Spanish churches, Rich people are buried inside churches.
Church interior (even the ceiling is made from bamboo)
Although the church was built in an Earthquake Baroque architectural style, the earthquake of 1880 severely damaged the church. Then in 1882, a strong typhoon blew the roof off the church, further damaging the historic bamboo organ. The church was reconstructed in 1888.
Outside the church is the museum
You can find the old church bell inside the museum
I visited Las Piñas Church during our annual Visita Iglesia. Obviously what I like most about the church is the historical Bamboo Organ. Given a chance, I would like to play a tune using the organ. However, the path leading to the organ was locked during my visit. (There is always the next time.)

Update: Las Piñas Church was declared as a National Treasure by the National Historical Commission on March 5, 2014.
It's fun to have the Visita Iglesia with your family
Getting there:

From Manila, board a bus heading to SM Southmall. Tell the conductor to drop you off at Zapote. Board a jeepney heading for Baclaran (Take note that you should not ride a jeepney with the signboard that says "via Coastal".)

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  1. very interesting read, thanks :) Is the bamboo organ still functional? It's hard to believe a bamboo garden lasted this long, amazing :)

    1. Hi Lumaca. Thanks for the nice comment. =)
      The Bamboo Organ is still functional in fact it is played during "some" mass or gatherings. =)

  2. We will drop by on the Holy Thursday...

  3. Thanx for this. We're going on Holy Thursday too (today). Hope traffic won't be so bad.

    1. Hey they pal! I hope your Visita Iglesia went well last Thur.


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