Monday, May 16, 2011

Bamboo Organ Tour

If not for my cousin's invitation, I wouldn't have gone as far as Las Pinas. And not be able to see the famous Las Pinas Bamboo Organ. =)

The tour costs 50 pesos. And I don't wanna miss the moment and I don't know kelan pa ako makakabalik sa Las Pinas. Ka-amazing makita na it's still working after several decades. The people were so responsible that they manage to keep this working. Bow!

The following pictures would show you what's inside the museum, normally mga old stuff. Mga first pieces ng bamboo organ, old pictures of the people and places behind bamboo organ.

Just some historical info:

  • Fray Diego Cera Dela Virgen Del Carmen was the builder of the Bamboo organ.
  • 1816 - Cutting of the bamboo and selection of wood.
  • 1821 - Completion of the Bamboo organ, except for the reed stops.
  • 1824 - Completion adding of the 122 horizontal reed pipes.
  • 1880 - Bamboo organ and church severely damaged by three earthquakes. The Bamboo organ is disassembled and the pipes are placed in the old sacristy.
  • 1882 - A typhoon blows up the roof, the chest of the Bamboo organ suffers additional damage.
  • 1888 - The church is rebuilt. However, the Bamboo organ remains unplayable for the next decades.
  • 1911 - The Bamboo organ is rediscovered by tourist.
  • 1917 - Only two stops of the Bamboo organ are repaired.
  • 1932 - An electric motor is installed to supply the wind.
  • 1943 - Partial repairs are made.
  • 1972 - Award of the contract for the restoration of the Bamboo organ to Johannes Klais Orgelbau KG in Bonn, Germany.
  • 1973 - The complete bamboo organ is shipped to Bonn, Germany.
  • 1975 February - The restored Bamboo organ is played again for the first time at the Klais factory in Bonn, Germany.
  • 1975 March - The complete Bamboo organ is flown back to the Philippines via Sabera airlines.
  • 1975 May -  Inaugural concert of the Bamboo organ by Wolfgang Oehms (Trier, Germany)
The birth of the Bamboo organ bridges the gap between races, cultures and creeds- by the music it gives. The Bamboo organ is the embodiment of the greatest skill and perseverance of the maker and the people. 

Today, the Bamboo Organ is declared the "National Cultural Treasure."


  1. anu ba yan.. di ka nagsabi.. malapit lang ako dito... ilang tambling lang hehehe :D
    hope bumalik ka hehehe :D

  2. ay ganun ba.. di ko naman alam.. pasensya na! :) gusto ko nga ulit bumalik jan, um-attend ng mass para marinig at makita ko kung pano patugtugin ung bamboo organ.. :)


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