"Las Pinas" Las Pinas by cyndymc

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Home of World-Famous Bamboo Organ

Las Piñas is Home City of world famous bamboo organ, located inside the St. Joseph Church. According to archive records of the Bamboo Organ Foundation,

"Padre Diego Cera began work on the organ in 1816, while the church was still under construction. Having previously built organs in Manila with some organ stops made of bamboo, he decided to built one using only bamboo for the pipes. Bamboo was abundant in the area and used for hundred of items. The organ was first heard in 1821 yet without the horizontal trumpets. He completed the work in 1824 after finally deciding to use metal for the horizontal trumpets whose character of sound he could not get with bamboo resonators. These bamboo resonators now stand as the rear facade pipes of the organ."

The bamboo organ is praised for its unique, rare, and melodious sound.

From A Small Fishing Port To A Progressive City

Las Pinas was established during the Spanish Era as a small fishing port on the shore of Manila Bay. The exact date of its proclamation as a town can't be ascertained for sure because historical records vary. Fr. Juan Medina and Cavada, a Spanish historian placed it at 1762, while Buzeta, another historian recorded the date at 1797.

Las Piñas was a major site during the 1896 Philippine Revolution, having been occupied by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo's forces. It was also occupied by the Japanese during the Second World War.

Las Piñas was incorporated in the newly created province of Rizal in 1901, pursuant to Philippine Commission Act No. 137. Then, two years later, it was combined with Parañaque, which was the seat of a new municipal government. It became a separate municipality from Parañaque on March 27, 1907 by virtue of Philippine Commission Act No. 1625. With the creation of the Metropolitan Manila Area (now Metro Manila) in 1976, Las Piñas became one of the municipalities of the region.

Former President Fidel V. Ramos signed the bill declaring Las Piñas as a new city on February 12, 1997. The residents expressed their approval of Las Pinas' cityhood through a plebiscite on February 12, 1997; it then became the 10th city of Metro Manila on March 26, 1997.

Through the years, Las Pinas, being located at the mouth of Zapote and Las Pinas Rivers, was a major salt-making center. Today, it is a highly urbanized city in the National Capital Region, with half of its land already developed for residential, commercial, industrial and institutional use.

Origin of "Las Pinas" Name

There are varying stories about the true origin of the city's name, "Las Piñas". Some said it was because traders from the provinces of Cavite and Batangas first brought their piña (pineapples) for sale to this town before distributing to nearby markets. Old folks averred that it was "Las Penas" (not Las Piñas), as evidenced by the quarrying of stones and adobe used to construct buildings and bridges. Still, others thought it must have originated from two political groups that ruled the place long time ago. However, an inscription in an old church bell that has been preserved inside the museum of the Las Piñas Parochial Church, stated "Siendo Cura-del Pueblo de las Penas el M.R.P. Padre Diego Cera se Fundio este equilon ano de 1820". This means that during the time of Fr. Diego Cera, the town's first parish priest, the town was already called "Las Penas" until after sometime that the spelling of the town's name was changed into "Las Piñas".

  • Last visit to Las Pinas: May 2009
  • Intro Updated May 31, 2009
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    Jun 8, 2009 at 7:08 AM

    LOL on the foot spa picture...I've always been amazed by that Bamboo Organ _ I have to bring the kids there someday...Norman :)

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