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Dec 14th 1926

Temp: Max. 89 Min. 72

Cousin Frances called for us at 9 a.m. to drive to Cavite, a distance of 21 miles. We passed thru 3 native villages en route –the smells in these villages were terrible and the dust on the road was so bad one could hardly breathe. The homes, or nipa shacks as they are called, were the frailest sort of structure stuck upon poles and underneath was the few chickens, hogs, dogs or other animals that the owner might have. There was good evidence of the family wash at each house and in a way the people seemed to strive towards cleanliness, such as the front yard being swept clean and the house in order in general. The beasts of burden were carabaos and small horses. Took Bill to the Navy Yard in Cavite and then drove around to Sangley Point to see Mrs. Yates. She was not home, so went back for Bill. On the road between Manila and Cavite there is an old mission at which we stopped to see the famous bamboo organ and heard it played.

In the afternoon we drove to the Governor’s palace (Mascalang [Malacañan] Palace) to get my passport. It was suggested that Bill and I get a passport together and therefore had to first get our pictures taken together. Found an old and smelly place on the escolar and had a very good looking picture taken.

“The Bamboo Organ in Las Piñas Church, Rizal Province. Father Diego Cera, a member of the Agustino Recoletos Friars began the construction of the organ in 1818. The bamboos were covered for six months with sand from the beach to preserve them from the attack of grubs. The work was only finished in 1882. Twice the organ was badly damaged, in 1862 by an earthquake, and in 1882 by the rains as the Church’s roof was blown off. They repaired it partly. From 1888 to 1917 it wasn’t played any more. In 1917 Father Franiel, a Belgian missionary, undertook the repair of the organ with the help of the Las Piñas people. The bamboo organ is the only one of its kind in the whole world. The small offering of the visitors are destined to keep the organ in good condition, and to repair the church where it is located.” The above was copied from the back of the card.

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