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Revisiting Las Piñas Bamboo Organ Church and its Convent Museum

It took me awhile to revisit the Bamboo Organ Church in Las Piñas. The final time I went to go to the church and the museum was in 2015 (Verify: The Well-known Las Piñas Bamboo Organ Church). Though I used to be in a position to go to a Santo Niño Exhibit final 2019, I didn’t get sufficient likelihood to discover the church. Early this yr, i made a decision to go to the church previous to its Bamboo Organ Pageant.


The simplicity of the church by no means didn’t amaze me. It comes with a easy façade and isn’t as large as different close by church buildings just like the Saint Andrew Cathedral and even the Baclaran Redemptionist Church in Parañaque. Regardless of the simplicity, the church has an enormous historic significance. The well-known adobe brick model which might be discovered on each exterior and inside design of the church served as an inspiration behind the so-called Las Piñas Historic Hall venture that began in 1997 in an try to revive the previous city Las Piñas. That is the rationale why most landmarks in Las Piñas options this signature adobe-like partitions.

It was November 5, 1795 when the Archbishop of Manila assigned the small city of Las Piñas to the Augustinian Recollects to construct a brand new church. Fray Diego Cera de la Virgen del Carmen, a local of Spain, traveled from Mabalacat, Pampanga and arrived in town on the day after Christmas of 1795. Since then, the gifted and skillful priest revolutionized the straightforward barrio of farmers and fisherman right into a profitable city. He began constructing the church made out of adobe (volcanic) stones within the Earthquake Baroque architectural model and the primary stone church was accomplished in 1819.


The unique picture of Tata Hosep and the Santo Sepulcro

The church was devoted underneath the patronage of Saint Joseph who is often referred to by the locals as Tata Hosep. The previous picture of Saint Joseph together with the statue of lifeless Christ (Santo Sepulcro) have been really purchased from San Dionisio, Parañaque within the quantity of two dozen eggs.

Like most aged church buildings, Saint Joseph Parish additionally underwent a number of restoration. It was destroyed by earthquakes quite a few occasions in 1829.  It was then restored by Padre Diego Cera. A few years later, an try to revive its nineteenth century look was made. This restoration that came about between 1971 to 1975 was lead by architect Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa and Ludwig Alvarez by means of the administration of Rev Fr. Mark Lesage. The partitions and the Bamboo Organ have been the remaining components of the unique church. The newly restored church was inaugurated on December 3, 1972. The unique framework have been retained – complementary additions have been executed. It options capiz chandeliers, aged bricks, previous statues, bamboo ceiling, a choir loft with vintage balustrades of carved wooden and potted native palms.


The facade of the church is straightforward. It comes with a number of niches that includes stained glass home windows and stone statues of varied saints.


The central area of interest of the facade with the picture of Saint Joseph

The middle of the facade options a big window product of Capiz  with a painted picture depictingSaint Joseph.


The picture of Saint Joseph within the pediment

The pediment additionally incorporates a statue of the city’s patron saint.


Statue of Saint Paul


One other previous picket statue within the facade which i assumed is Saint Peter.

There may be additionally a few newly added statues close to the principle entrance of the church, one other try to revive its previous facade.

Outdoors the church is a monument devoted to Padre Diego Cera

The Padre Diego Cera monument

The Well-known Bamboo Organ

Padre Diego Cera is extra than simply your typical priest. He’s a gifted chemist, pure scientist, architect, and a gifted organist. He’s additionally an organ builder and the person behind the organs of a number of the church buildings within the previous Intramuros together with the Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church, and the previous San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish. In fact, he’s additionally behind the well-known Bamboo Organ of Las Piñas which is now thought-about a Nationwide Cultural treasure.

The well-known bamboo organ of Las Piñas

Fr. Diego Cera began with the development of the bamboo organ in 1816 and it was completed eight years after in 1824. Throughout the Eighties, there was a storm and earthquake that broken the roof of the church, which left the bamboo organ open to nature’s parts. The rainwater and stones bought contained in the organ case, which destroyed the instrument and made it unplayable for years. After that, the pipes have been saved within the previous vestry and have been forgotten about till round 1917 when a vacationer rediscovered its magnificence.

It was solely in 1972 when the bamboo organ restoration venture started. Johannes Klais Orgelbau was the one who was awarded the contract, and he had the organ shipped all the best way to Bonn, Germany in 1973. After about a few years, the bamboo organ returned to its homeland in 1975 (the newly restored church was additionally inaugurated on the identical time).

The annual Worldwide Bamboo Organ Pageant, a music competition of classical music, was began to have a good time the music of the reborn instrument and its distinctive sound. Since 1992, Prof. Armando Salarza has been the titular organist of the Bamboo Organ. He’s additionally the Creative Director of the Worldwide Bamboo Organ Pageant, now the longest-running annual worldwide music competition held within the nation.The organ was declared a Nationwide Cultural Treasure of the Philippines in 2003.


a Historic marker declaring the Bamboo organ as a Nationwide Cultural treasure


Upclose view of the organ

The bamboo organ has a complete of 1031 pipes and and 902 of that are product of bamboo

The organ as seen from the choir loft

The Inside of the Church

The inside of Las Piñas church is equally stunning. The partitions reveal a number of the previous adobe bricks from the unique church. It additionally comes with three naves.


The principle altar of Las Piñas church


The central nave

_DSC0667tIn between every nave are giant chandeliers made out of bamboo and capiz shells

The central nave and the principle altar as seen from the choir loft


One of many aspect naves as seen from the choir loft

The principle altar has two layers. Every has giant area of interest on a middle enshrining the Crucified Christ and the picture of Saint Joseph and the kid Jesus respectively

The picture of the Crucified Christ


Saint Joseph and the Youngster Jesus


The Immaculate Coronary heart of Mary


Sacred Coronary heart of Jesus


Nuestra Señora de la Consolacion y Correa of Las Piñas Church


A duplicate of the processional picture of Tata Hosep


San Ezekiel Moreno

Do you know that Saint Ezekiel Moreno was the parish priest of the church throughout his Philippine mission? In 1876, he labored zealously for the event of the lives of the folks within the space. He was even proficient in Tagalog. In honor of Saint Ezekiel, a Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno was established in Las Piñas

The statue depicting the Baptism of Christ. It’s situated close to the aspect altar. In entrance of it’s an previous baptismal font that have been found buried within the courtyard of the church. You’ll be able to examine the picture right here.


The unique picture of Tata Hosep


The unique picture of Santo Sepulcro


The convent museum of Las Piñas Church

The Las Piñas Church Museum

The previous convent home adjoining to the church was ultimately transformed right into a museum. The final time i visited the church in 2015, the museum was underneath renovation. The tour information, nonetheless, warmly welcomed us and gave us entry to the choir loft as a substitute. In addition they gave us the chance to see the bamboo organ in motion. Right here’s a 2015 video:

Sadly, this yr, the museum was nonetheless underneath renovation (though i used to be instructed that the museum might be utterly accessible days earlier than the Bamboo Organ competition). Good factor, they nonetheless let me entry the Choir loft to see the Bamboo organ upclose. There may be only a minimal entrance charge of Php50.

The bottom flooring of the museum highlights some work and an previous bell.


An previous bell displayed in Las Piñas Church convent museum


There’s additionally a cell-like room within the floor flooring. It options two previous statues just like the previous statues within the facade of the church

One of many picket statues within the museumDSCF1197t

It’s not clear which picture is that this however since he’s holding a guide, it’s in all probability one of many 4 evangelist


A big portray depicting the wealthy historical past of the church and town of Las Piñas


An previous portray of the bamboo organ


A stairway going to the second flooring of the museum


Shifting as much as the choir loft


A crystal chandelier will welcome guests as they head to the choir loft


Promotional posters of the Bamboo Organ Pageant are displayed on the partitions from the primary ever competition to the latest one

This stairway results in a rectory that’s serves as a guess room for different clergymen who go to the church particularly throughout the competition

A more in-depth view of the doorway


The bamboo pipe organ as seen from the choir loft


The small area for the organist


Behind the organ are some mechanisms which can be essential to run or function the instrument


The tiny pipes contained in the organ


Colourful posters displayed within the museum


The memento store

Issues you need to know earlier than visiting the Las Piñas Bamboo Organ Church

  • The present parish priest is Rev. Fr. Augusto C. Pulido
  • The parish is devoted underneath the patronage of Saint Joseph
  • Tata Hosep’s feast day is each first Sunday of Could (the Conventional Feast of the Patronage of St. Joseph within the previous Liturgical Calendar) along with the his liturgical Solemnity celebrated each March nineteenth.
  • Mass Schedule:


  • The doorway charge to the Las Piñas Church museum is Php50 (which incorporates an entry to the choir loft

How you can get to the Bamboo Organ Church

  • In case you are coming from Manila, there are a number of methods to go to this place. You’ll be able to take the route by way of Coastal Expressway, South Expressway or the Quirino Avenue in Baclaran. From Baclaran Church, you possibly can experience a jeepney sure to Alabang (by way of Quirino). Inform the driving force to drop you off the bamboo Organ church.
  • In case you are coming from Cavite, Experience a bus sure to Zapote (kabila). Drop off at Alabang-Zapote Intersection (the notable landmark is Jollibee Las Piñas). From ther, search for Jeepneys which can be sure to Baclaran. Inform the driving force to drop you off the Bamboo organ church.

Additionally examine these close by church buildings in Las Piñas and Parañaque

Information references: / Pintakasi /

Try my vlog about my latest go to to Las piñas Bamboo organ church

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