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The City Synonymous with the Bamboo Organ
When one hears Las Pinas, the Bamboo Organ is perhaps one of the first things that comes to mind, especially for the older generations. This isn’t surprising, considering that the Bamboo Organ is renowned not only for its significance in the history of the city and of the country, but also for the unique and beautiful sound that it makes. Of course, the younger generations would probably be reminded of the dreadful Alabang-Zapote traffic, the Maginhawa-like aura of Aguirre Avenue in BF Homes, or even the extensive exhibits in Yexel’s Toy Museum.
The Bamboo Organ was completed in 1824 by Father Diego Cera dela Virgen del Carmel, the first parish priest in Las Pinas. The church housing the Organ, the St. Joseph Parish church, was built sometime between 1797 and 1819, and has been standing there ever since. It was renovated in the 1970s by architects Bobby Manosa and Ludwig Alvarez. The Organ, on the other hand, which was unused for a while due to several natural disasters that hit the city, was restored in Germany in the 1970s.
Needless to say, the Organ and its home church have withstood the tests of time, from its completion in the 1800s to the Philippine Revolution in the 1890s, and even until the Japanese invasion during the Second World War. Its significance in modern culture and history stems not only from its declaration as a National Cultural Treasure, but also due to its contributions to the field music and to the international music community. In this light, it would be best to promote the International Bamboo Organ Festival. This festival is an international music festival held annually in the country in order to showcase, promote, and celebrate classical music, as played through the unique and ancient instrument.
What to Do in Las Pinas
Apart from the Bamboo Organ, residents of Las Pinas often find themselves in crowded shopping malls, unique and exciting cafes and restaurants, or in places like Yexel’s Museum. In a nutshell, there are a LOT of things to do in Las Pinas.
Mall enthusiasts and casual shoppers would jump in joy, considering that the stretch of Alabang-Zapote Road, which covers most of Las Pinas, houses at least fo major shopping malls, with several other shopping malls located nearby. SM Southmall, one of the first shopping malls in the area, remains to be one of the go-to malls for most people, while SM Center Las Pinas caters to shoppers on the other side of the Alabang-Zapote Road. A few kilometres beyond the boundary separating Las Pinas and Muntinlupa stands the Alabang Town Center, which has served as a second (or third) home to shoppers who have grown up in the BF and Alabang areas.
Food lovers, rejoice! Las Pinas has its own home-grown version of the North’s Maginhawa Street in Quezon City. Aguirre Avenue in BF Homes is a long stretch of various establishments inside a residential area that caters to the appetites of people from all over the Metro. Although this area is technically situated in the portion of BF Homes covering the City of Paranaque, it is still within a stone’s throw from the area inside BF Homes under the jurisdiction of Las Pinas.
Technicalities aside, BF Aguirre provides its visitors with good food, fun bars, and unique cafes, among others. The fun doesn’t stop there, as areas all over BF Homes are also filled with similarly unique experiences. President’s Avenue, which leads to Sucat Road, is also littered with restaurants, bars, and cafes. Tropical Avenue, on the other hand, which provides access points leading to Alabang and certain exits to Alabang-Zapote Road, has its fair share of fun and unique cafes and restaurants.
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