"Still belonging to Metro Manila" Las Pinas by whvcebu

Las Pinas Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 73 photos

Las Pinas

Driving from Roxas Boulevard in Manila along the Manila bay towards South you will reach the old City of Las Piñas next. It was built by the Spaniards when they had occupied this country. There is nothing special in this formerly old fishermens residential area until it began to explode with new villages which were built since then. (My CPA tax accountant lives there as well) More and more people, who want to get out of the congested Metro Manila City decide to live in this old but modern city that gets a younger face yearly, more so since a highway leads directly to the metropolis. (They even have an ice stadium with an ice hockey team in this tropical city)

However, there is an old church, about 200 years old, that has a special magic force of attraction. It is the only Bamboo organ in the world I know of. Time takes its toll and the sound was not nice anymore, when I listened to it for the first time in 1973 after arrival for my assignment in the Philippines.

A couple of years later they dismantled the entire organ and each Bamboo pipe was sent to Germany for restauration to a famous organ manufacturing company.

After the organ's return and re-installation in the church of Las Piñas, several concerts were held with a famous organist from one of the cathedrals in Germany. The first concerts were given under great participation of public officials, artists, celebrities and VIPs. Such successful events stimulated the administration to hold concerts on a regular basis. The money and donations generated were and are all donated to a maintenance fund for the organ.

Nowadas one major music festival is held every year and hundreds of people are attending. The church overflows and listeners are also standing on the big plaza in front of the church, which is normally a parking space.

It is one of the MUST SEE (and listen to), if visiting the Philippines. At the church and in major department stores CDs with organ music as well as recordings from those concerts can be bought.

  • Last visit to Las Pinas: Mar 2001
  • Intro Written Apr 13, 2004
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  • joysweet's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2006 at 7:03 AM

    nice page on the bamboo organ! i must say it's really inspiring listening to it :) i've been there just once (considering that i'm from manila). i'm glad that you've appreciated it as i did :)

  • terps94's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2004 at 7:55 AM

    Thanks for writing about this national treasure.

  • Sassy417's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2004 at 6:12 PM

    Now I know there is a wonderful bamboo organ in this world. Thanks for sharing,,,great tip*

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2004 at 9:58 PM

    Thanks for the wonderful background information that is detailed, informative, helpful, and, best of all, interesting. Your writing is outstanding.

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