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Block 2 Lot 15 Molave Street, Admiral Village, Talon, Las Piñas City, PHILIPPINES 1747

(                             (+63 2) 8012412


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Diego Cera Organbuilders, Inc.

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It is without doubt that the restoration of the Bamboo Organ (1973-75) generated a revival of interest for the pipe-organs in the country, built during the Spanish Colonial Period. The yearly organized International Bamboo Organ Festival was an opportunity to establish contacts with organists and organizations who wanted to support the training of Filipino organists as well as organbuilders in order to secure the future of the  Bamboo Organ, so that in the future there would be no need anymore to transport the entire instrument abroad, as had happened in 1972.

With the help of Dr. Johann Trummer, then head of the Institute for Church Music at the University of Graz (Austria) , some young Filipino students from Las Piñas, mostly selected from among the members of the Las Piñas Boys Choir (under the direction of Fr. Leo Renier, CICM), were provided with a scholarship to take up a course in church music and organbuilding....

  Diego Cera Organbuilders   was founded by Organ-builders Cealwyn S. Tagle and the late Edgar M. Montiano (1969-2002) in 1994 after returning from years of apprenticeship and training in Europe.

They started as apprentices in 1988 with Master Organ-builder Helmut Allgaeuer in Gruenbach, Austria and later trained at the world-renowned workshop of Johannes Klais Orgelbau in Bonn, Germany. They learned every aspect of the craft (design, woodwork, pipe making, tuning, voicing, proper restoration, etc.) intensively under the supervision of Master Organ-builders. They also participated in several workshops handled by the International Society of Organbuilders (ISO) and the European Center for Conservation, Restoration, and Renovation (ECCRR) in Alden Biesen, Belgium.


To ensure the company’s growth and quality of work, Diego Cera Organbuilders, Inc. has set up a four-year apprenticeship program in Organ Building. Presently, the company employs four trained organ-builders, one of which is Mr. Christopher Guevarra who underwent further training at the organ-building shop of Maestro Federico Acitores of Torquemada, Spain in 2002.

In this part of the world of low labor cost, the Diego Cera Organbuilders can still afford to spend a lot of time working on the details of an instrument.  The precision work a pipe organ needs is very labor intensive.

Since its founding in 1994, the company has built more than a dozen new tracker organs and restored seven historic pipe organs including the Bamboo Organ of Las Pinas and the 70-stop pipe organ at the Cathedral of Manila.  They also have exported Pipe Organs to USA, Germany, Austria, Lithuania and Belarus.

To make Pipe Organ Music more accessible to the Filipino people, the company has recently associated itself with Harvey Smoller Organ Services and with Johannus Organs, the top maker of Digital Pipe Organs in the world.  And along this line, the company aims to make Pipe Organs more affordable for churches and individuals to acquire with the introduction of digital technology in construction and development of its instruments.



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