“Do you have certain reason why you do visit churches?” That’s a very good question. Well, I visit different churches not because I wanted to be cleanse or be holy. Of course that’s a plus point but there’s really something about them that attracts me. I find the history behind them truly fascinating and the the differences when it comes to their architectures old or new are truly engaging. Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite churches. It has been on my bucket list for so long and I’m so glad that I finally able to visit the parish. It is the well known Saint Joseph Parish in Las Piñas which is more commonly known as the Las Piñas Church or the Bamboo Organ Church. The Bamboo Organ Church is probably one of the famous tourist destination in Las Piñas. I still remember those history text books when I was in elementary. It has always been a part of our lectures when it comes to those notable historical places in the country. The church is renowned as the house of the Las Piñas Bamboo Organ, a pipe organ made mostly with bamboo pipes. The church was established on November 5, 1795 under the Augustinian Recollects priests headed by Fray Diego Cera de la Virgen del Carmen The church was merely made from adobe (volcanic) stones in the Earthquake Baroque architectural style similar to the Paoay Church of Ilocos. The church’s nave and altar. You can see bamboos almost everywhere from the pews to the chandeliers. Even the ceilingA chandelier made from bamboo sticks and Capiz shells A closer view of the two-layer alter with images of Jesus Christ on the cross on the lower layer and the image of Saint Joseph on top. Priest’s chair
On the right side of the altar (I believe they’re calling it as the East Transept) lies another altar with the image of the Divine Mercy In front of it is an old-looking baptismal font.
Of course, visiting this church will not be completed without looking at their famous Bamboo organ. It was completed in 1824 by Father Diego Cera, the builder of the town’s stone church and its first resident Catholic parish priest. After age and numerous disasters had rendered the musical instrument unplayable for a long time, in 1972, the national government and the local community joined together to have the organ shipped to Germany for restoration. The organ came back 3 years after. Since then, the annual International Bamboo Organ Festival, a music festival of classical music was started to celebrate the music of the reborn instrument and its unique sound.
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