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38th International Bamboo Organ Festival

Written By Jane Miranda on Monday, February 18, 2013 | Monday, February 18, 2013

38th International Bamboo Organ Festival

If there's one thing that is unique about Las Piñas, it is the Bamboo Organ, which is considered a Philippine National Treasure.  On November 24, 2003, it was given this recognition by the National Museum of the Philippines since it is the only 19th century Bamboo Organ in the Philippines that has survived and is still functioning.  This unique musical instrument is composed of 1,031 pipes, and 902 of which are made out of bamboo while the rest are metal. 

After its inaugural concert in May 5, 1975 from a triumphant return to the Philippines two years after a difficult and complicated restoration work at the Johannes Klais Orgelbau factory in Bonn, Germany, the music of the only Bamboo Organ in the world was heard again, giving birth to the International Bamboo Organ Festival the following year. This yearly musical and cultural event was organized by the Bamboo Organ Foundation Inc. and was made possible through the concerted efforts of people composed mostly of parishioners of the Parish of St. Joseph which make up the different festival committees and through the relentless support of its many corporate sponsors, sustaining members of the foundation and generous individuals who have extended their all out support in the preservation of this cultural legacy which brought about sterling and brilliant performances notably from our homegrown talents like the Las Piñas Boys Choir, Prof. Armando Salarza, titular organist of the bamboo organ, local choirs, classical artists, orchestras and other instrumentalists.

The Bamboo Organ Foundation, INC. in cooperation with:
Most Rev. Jesse E. Mercado, DD and The Diocese of Paranaque
Senator Manuel B. Villar Jr, Congressman Mark A. Villar, Mayor Vergel Aguilar and City Government of Las Pinas
Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium
Department of Tourism (DOT)
The Embassy of Austria
National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR)
Parish of St. James the Great

presents The 38th International Bamboo Organ Festival, February 21-27, 2013 at St. Joseph Parish Church, Las Pinas City, Philippines.

38th International Bamboo Organ Festival Shedule of Events

Sustaining members annual contribution at PHP 5,000
Tickets for February 22, 23, 24, 26 and 27 are priced @ PHP 600, 400 AND 200

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