Manila Cathedral - Basilica

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            The Pipe Organ of the Cathedral of Manila is by far the biggest pipe organ in the country and possibly in South East Asia with 70 stops and 4 manuals and pedal. 

The Pipe Organ was built in 1958 by the Flemish Organ-building Company Pels& Sohn (Bernhard Pels) and was erected by Mr. Jose Loinaz of Manila and P. Andriessen of Holland. The inaugural concert was performed by the world-famous Belgian organist Flor Peeters.

            Among the organists who have actively played on the pipe organ for Sunday celebrations are Fr. John Van de Steen, Mr. Alfredo Buenaventura, Mr. Amador Hernandez and Atty. Jose Flores Jr. (Titular Organist of the Manila Cathedral Organ from 1979-1989).  Several concerts were also held in the 60’s and 70’s also featuring foreign organists like Odile Pierre.

Re-leathering of the pipe organ was done in 1979 and the addition of the fourth manual was completed in 1989 by Javincello and Co, Inc.

A major restoration was completed in 2006 by Diego Cera Organ Builders, renering the instrument back its

"cathedral grandeur" !

 

Manuals:                     4 with 61 notes each

Pedal:                         Concave radiating with 32 notes

Expression pedal :      3 (Swell, Choir, Crescendo)

Pistons:                       10 Generals. 5 Divisionals

Number of pipes:       5,584 pipes

 

DISPOSITION

 

GREAT

 

SWELL

 

CHOIR

 

C-c4 = 61 notes

 

C-c4 = 61 notes + 12 notes

C-c4 = 61 notes

 

1

Principal

16'

1

Gedeckt

16'

1

Hohlquintadena

16'

2

Octave

8'

2

Principal

8'

2

Open Diapason

8'

3

Principal

8'

3

Rohrflute

8'

3

Lieblich Gedeckt

8'

4

Salicional

8'

4

Gamba

8'

4

Gemshorn

8'

5

Spitzflute

8'

5

Gamba Celeste

8'

5

Geigen Principal

4'

6

Bourdon

8'

6

Octave

4'

6

Harmonic Flute

4'

7

Octave

4'

7

Blockflute

4'

7

Nasard

2 2/3'

8

Rohrflute

4'

8

Quinte

2 2/3'

8

Piccolo

2'

9

Twelfth

2 2/3'

9

Octave

2'

9

Tierce Mixture

4-5 r.

10

Fifteenth

2'

10

Nachthorn

2'

10

English Horn

8'

11

Mixture

5-8 r.

11

Sesquialtera

2 r.

11

Oboe

8'

12

Sharp

3-4 r.

12

Mixture

4-5 r.

 

Tremolo

 

13

Double Trumpet

16'

13

Sharp

3 r.

 

Swell-Choir 16'

 

14

Trompette

8'

14

Fagoto

16'

 

Swell-Choir

 

15

Clairon

4'

15

Harmonic Trumpet

8'

 

Swell-Choir 4'

 

 

Choir-Great

 

16

Regal

8'

 

Positive-Choir

 

 

Swell-Great 16'

 

 

Tremolo

 

 

 

 

 

Swell-Great

 

 

Swell-Swell 16'

 

 

 

 

 

Swell-Great 4'

 

 

Swell Unison Off

 

 

 

 

 

Positive-Great

 

 

Swell-Swell 4'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cone-valve chest

 

Cone-valve chest

 

Cone-valve chest

 

 

 

POSITIV

 

PEDAL

 

C-c4 = 61 notes

 

C-g1 = 32 notes

 

1

Principal

8'

1

Resultant

32'

2

Rohrgedeckt

8'

2

Principal

16'

3

Quintaton

8'

3

Subbass

16'

4

Octave

4'

4

Gedeckt

16'

5

Koppel Flute

4'

5

Octave

8'

6

Quinte

2 2/3'

6

Gedeckt

8'

7

Octave

2'

7

Choralbass

4'

8

Larigot

1 1/3'

8

Flute

4'

9

Sifflet

1'

9

Mixture

5 r.

10

Tertian

2 r.

10

Bombarde

32'

11

Sharp

3-4 r.

11

Posaune

16'

12

Cymbal

4 r.

12

Fagotto

16'

13

Dulcian

8'

13

Tromba

8'

 

Tremolo

 

14

Clairon

4'

 

 

 

15

Cinq

2'

 

 

 

 

Great-Pedal

 

 

 

 

 

Swell-Pedal

 

 

 

 

 

Choir-Pedal

 

 

 

 

 

Positive-Pedal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

installed 1980s

 

 

 

 

Slider chest

 

Unified Chests