Zuu opened its doors in late-August 2013 in Bacolod City, with a grand opening party, where family friends, media personalities and some political figures have gathered to join the Zuu owners. There were a variety of segments which entertained the guests. Some stand-up comedy show, dance numbers and lots of musical performances.
It started to rain after the first two hours of the show. Aside from the very funny emcee, two homegrown bands have kept the evening alive. They were rainproof! As an old wives tale goes: “A blessing of holy water from the heavens!” Yet the party even went crazier after the rain had stopped.
Because Negrenses love to SING!
Whether one is from Kabankalan City to Bago City, Silay City to Victorias City, and even up north in Cadiz City to San Carlos City, a Negrense (people who are from Negros Occidental/Oriental) is naturally born either a singer, a musician, or just simply a music lover.
Negrenses (Ilonggos, as some may call) have the musicality in them. Almost everyone can carry a tune. And by “almost”, I mean to exclude those who have never actually tried to sing. Every Ilonggo can sing! (Big claim!)
To prove this claim, Negrenses have produced so many successful talents (of different genre), and here’s a short roster of those who’ve made it to the national or even global musical circuits. The likes of Kuh Ledesma (Pop & Jazz), Francis M or Francis Magalona ┼ (Rap), JM Rodriguez (Pop & Show Tunes), Conchita Gaston ┼ (Opera), Joey Benin (Pop Ballad), and, of course Lea Salonga (Tony, Laurence Olivier, Drama Desk, Theatre World, and Outer Critics Circle Awardee; Disney’s singing voice for Princess Jasmine and Fa Mulan). Yes, the latter’s mother, Mommy Ligaya, is from Pulupandan, Negros Occidental. Atun na ‘ya! (She’s our pride!)
Her Melody Lives On
Zuu is also a tribute to Mercedes Olorga Azucena, mother of one of the owners. She was a champion singer with a golden voice back in the day. Known for her beautiful voice and gift of musicality (not only to the Olorga clan of Bago City, Negros Occidental), she would often join singing contests (together with her big sister Nenita Olorga Martizano) and they would effortlessly bring home the top prizes. Mercedes lived a not-so-easy-life, in a manner of speaking, but it was certainly a life filled with music–beautiful, beautiful melodies of love, adventure and laughter. She especially enjoyed home karaoke with her sons, Nita her sister, and Susan her cousin and best friend.
While Zuu’s birth is a great musical tribute, it is a special gift for the Bacolodnons and Negrenses in general. Fostering them to enjoy life through the gift of song, and, as Zuu’s tagline goes, “Keep Calm and Sing!”
Zuu KTV is located at Zoom Media Bldg., Lacson St., Mandalagan, Bacolod City 6100 Philippines
(Beside Robinsons Bacolod) Reservation and enquiry hotline: 441 3130; International Direct: (+63 34 441 1925). Alternatively, you may send a text to any of these numbers: 0942 388 6914; 0933 523 0335.