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Monday, March 3, 2014

Philippines-Las Pinas Church Named National Historical Structure

St. Joseph Church also known as the Bamboo Organ Church in Las Pinas City was formally declared as a National Historical Structure by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP). The NHCP led by it's head Dr. Diokno on Friday unveiled a historical marker which boisters the church's reputation as a leader in Philippine arts and culture. Home of the world-famous "Bamboo Organ" the only musical instrument of it's kind in existence, the church also hosts the yearly Bamboo Organ Music Festival which attracts musicians and concert the aficionados from the Philippines and elsewhere. St. Joseph Parish Church was established in 1795 by the Spaniard Fr. Diego Cera dela Virgen del Carmen a talented Augustinian Recollect friar who like many other friars of his time doubled as a natural scientist, community leader, chemist, architect, organist and organ builder. Cera had been transferred to the then village of Las Pinas from Mabalacat, Pampanga, when the Manila Archbishop reassigned Las Pinas under the care of the Augustinian Recollect friars on Nov. 5, 1795. Originally made of bamboo the stone church was completed in 1816 in the "Earthquake Barouque" style after which Cera started building the organ that made him a legend in Las Pinas. 3 earthquakes hit the area from July 18 to 20, 1880 which flattened several buildings and churches between Nueva Ecijia to Cavite, including the St. Joseph Church and the bamboo organ inside it.          
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