My family loves banana catsup. It’s a staple ‘sawsawan’ at home that my daughter, Keisha, grew up with. She wouldn’t eat home-cooked fried chicken and scrambled egg unless served with UFC Banana Catsup. I guess she got it from my husband who’s eating habit is exactly the same. So imagine my excitement when I received an invite to visit the launch of the First Catsup Museum in the world located in Cabuyao, Laguna. Of course, I felt honored to be part of this historic event. I’m also interested to find out how catsup is manufactured, its origin and the science behind it.
The country’s top condiment manufacturer, NutriAsia, partnered with the Mind Museum to come up with the first-ever Banana Catsup Museum in the world. It’s located at the grounds of NutriAsia in Cabuyao, Laguna. Since it’s a team up with the Mind Museum expect that it’s educational yet interactive.
This banana greeted me before I entered the museum.
What to Expect at the First Catsup Museum in the World by NutriAsia:
The Catsup Museum aims to immortalize the story of banana catsup – who invented it, its manufacturing process and all the things you need to know about it, through an interactive and fun experience. A visit to the museum will also impart the significance of timeless Filipino virtues of ingenuity, resourcefulness and hard work to the younger generation.
The Catsup Museum is divided into four halls:
Hall of the Natural History of Banana
At the Banana Hall, you’ll first notice the huge installations of bananas which will remind you of B1 and B2. It’s highly noted by the tour guide that banana is a plant and not a tree and it originated from Kuk Valley in New Guinea around 8000 BCE. The photos of the different kinds of bananas are also exhibited in this hall.
The Maria Orosa Hall
This is my favorite hall since I learned in this area how my daughter’s favorite banana catsup came to existence. All thanks to Maria Orosa who invented the banana catsup. She was a Filipino World War II heroine who saved thousands of prisoners by feeding and caring for them. Tomatoes were expensive and hard to find during the war hence, Maria became resourceful and use banana to make a condiment. At first, her banana catsup was colored brown. But by adding food colorants, vinegar, sweeteners, extra spices and other ingredients, it became a red, sweet, and spicy banana catsup that we enjoy today.
The Manufacturing Hall
The Manufacturing Hall showcases a colorful representation of the step by step production of the commercial banana catsup.
Ready for distribution commercial banana catsup
Fun-fact: Did you know your catsup can stay fresh and delicious for one year? If your catsup gets older than one year, it will be too old to eat. So always check the BEST BEFORE date on your catsup bottle’s label to be sure!
Banana Catsup Lab
– an experiment was showcased to demonstrate the chemical reactions that happen when you mix certain spices with alcohol.
Giant Banana Q’s – here you can read questions about the origin of banana catsup and the answers were at the back when you flip the other side
The Banaquet Hall
Yes, you read that right, ”banaquet”. Here you can find the larger than life installations of food and banana catsup. This area is very ”Instagrammable” and a nice place to play around and take photos. But, of course, you have to be careful so as not to damage any installation.
After the museum tour, NutriAsia prepared sumptuous dishes for the media guests to devour. Chef Tatum was introduced and revealed that all the dishes served were made special because of a special condiment used – banana catsup. For someone who’s a picky-eater, I must say that I was a bit hesitant to try but I was completely blown away because everything tasted so good. I hope Chef Tatum will be kind enough to share his recipe so I can recreate this at home for my family. =)
My personal favorites were the twice cooked catsup adobo ribs and the super moist banana catsup cupcakes with raisins and walnuts.
The event concluded with an informative speech from NutriAsia’s President Ms. Angie Flaminiano. She highlighted that the kids are the inspiration when they were building the Catsup Museum.
NutriAsia is the home of the iconic and timeless Filipino food brands that includes Silver Swan, Datu Puti, Mang Tomas, UFC, Papa, Jufran and Golden Fiesta.
With Mommy Blogger Earth, her daughter Tasha and Mommy Levy
A visit to the Catsup Museum made me feel so proud to be a Filipino as this place has shown how the combination of science and pinoy ingenuity resulted to a product that is now a staple in all homes.
How to Visit the Catsup Museum
In case you want to visit this one-of-a-kind museum, they will be open for appointment only to schools within the province of Laguna. Well, I hope they’ll be open to all students soon. For inquiries, email [email protected] or look for it on Facebook and Instagram.
How about you, do you want to visit the Catsup Museum?