Dr. Helen Samson-Lauterwald speaking before an audience.

28 July 2006 – DR. HELEN SAMSON-LAUTERWALD recently launched her book, The Bamboo Organ of Las Piñas (revised and updated edition) at the Special Collections Section of the University Library. Friends, colleagues and former students of the author, staff and students of the University and of course her family, attended the said event. Colleagues from the academe gave their remarks about the book, among them Fr. Diego Maramba of the Unversity of Santo Tomas and St. Scholastica’s College, Dr. Elena R. Mirano of the Department of Art Studies and Dr. Ma. Luisa T. Camagay of the Department of History of the University. Dr. Lorna I. Paredes, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, represented Dr. Sergio S. Cao for the message from the University.


The book is an update of the original work published by Dr. Lauterwald in 1977.


In 2003, the bamboo organ was declared a National Cultural Treasure making the first edition very much in demand among the visitors and parishioners of the St. Joseph Church. In 2003-2004, the organ underwent general rehabilitation under the auspices of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. These and other subsequent developments regarding the bamboo organ and the history of the Parish Church made Dr. Lauterwald realize that the first edition had to be updated.


Dr. Lauterwald, a musicologist, obtained her BA (in English and Piano) and MA (in Musicology) from the University of thePhilippines. She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology minor in English and Modern History from the University ofCologne (Köln) in Germany. She was also the recipient of a research fellowship in the field of Musicology from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She now lives in Odenthal (near Cologne), Germany, with her husband Col. Juergen Lauterwald. –ECLagrama