Cera, Diego [Mosen Cañas ]
- Guy Bourligueux
[Mosen Cañas ]
(b Graus, July 26, 1762; d Philippines, 1832). Spanish organ builder. He was a missionary, and on 30 January 1787 took holy orders as an Augustinian friar under the name of Diego de la Virgen del Carmen; he became organist at his monastery in Barcelona. He then travelled to Cadiz, Acapulco, and the Philippines, where he arrived on 26 June 1792. He built an organ at S Nicolas in Manila, and another, with pipes mostly of bamboo, at S José de Las Piñas (1816–21), where he also oversaw construction of the church. Cera also built a piano, the first in the Philippines, which was offered to the Queen of Spain. He was awarded a gold medal by Charles III for his activities in the Philippines, including a dissertation on dyeing fabrics and the introduction of machines for carding wool.
In the Las Piñas ‘bamboo organ’, only the horizontal trumpet pipes in the façade (added in ...