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(September 21–25, 2005)

Jerzy Zamora

Family - Source of My Energy

Fung Yu

18th Century Pipe Organ in San Agustin Church

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

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The 18th Century Pipe Organ, apart from generating "acoustic energy"; it was also housed in a historic church, a place of "spiritual energy".

San Agustin Church at Intramuros in Manila is the oldest Christian sanctuary in the Far East.

As the oldest stone building in the Philippines, it marked the start of using permanent materials in contrast to the local architectural tradition of using lightweight construction materials.

The city of Intramuros (Latin for "inside the walls") began in 1570 as the centre of government of the Philippines. The Augustinians immediately in that year built there the Church of San Agustin (Saint Augustine), which was a temporary structure of bamboo and thatch.

Land for the building had been donated by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, the founder of Manila who had led the expedition to the Philippines from Mexico in 1565.

In 1993 UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) listed San Agustin as one of the "baroque Churches of the Philippines."

For further reading: http://www.augnet.org/.../0333-Intramuros01.htm

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