PRESERVE AND MAINTAIN THE HISTORIC MUSICAL INSTRUMENT
For more than 200 years, the Bamboo Organ had withstood the test of time. This instrument has gone through a lot, from natural calamities such as typhoons and earthquakes to man-made conflicts and wars of the past. In 1972, a contract for its total restoration was awarded to Johannes Klais Orgelbau in Bonn, Germany where the organ was shipped in 1973. The restored organ returned home in March 1975 to a joyous welcome by the Filipino people. It was also in 1975 that the inaugural International Bamboo Organ Festival was held, which aims to showcase the legacy of this musical instrument and at the same time getting financial support from its patrons for its preservation and maintenance.
In March 1994 after completing their organ building studies in Austria, Cealwyn Tagle and Edgar Montiano (+) founded the Diego Cera Organbuilders, Inc. (DCOB). They are currently responsible for the preservation, maintenance, and tuning of the Bamboo Organ. They also offer design, construction, restoration, and maintenance of pipe organs locally and abroad.
TRAINING OF ORGANISTS
What worth does an instrument have if there is nobody to play it? The same applies to the Bamboo Organ. Only a talented and skilled organist can bring out the full potential of this unique instrument. It is for this reason that the Foundation has sent scholars to Austria like Armando Salarza (organ performance and church music), Gerardo Fajardo (choir conducting), Edgar Montiano (+) and Cealwyn Tagle (organ conducting). Each has carved a name for himself in his respective field, and until now we continue to train young organists for the future under the tutelage of Prof. Salarza.
ENHANCE AND ADVANCE THE SPIRITUAL, EDUCATIONAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC WELL-BEING OF THE PEOPLE OF LAS PIÑAS
Las Piñas has etched itself on the world map, thanks to this unique instrument. Thousands of local and foreign tourists visit the Bamboo Organ every year, thereby making the locals appreciate the Bamboo Organ even more. Housed inside the St. Joseph Church, it also continues to play church music during Sunday Masses, as one of the true purpose for the creation of the organ is for the greater glory of God. And with the International Bamboo Organ Festival being held every year, the people of Las Piñas themselves become the true caretakers of this historic treasure created by Fr. Diego Cera.