Kusinata: Back to Nature, Back to our Roots

The name Kusinata is a portmanteau word derived from the blend of words ‘Kusina’, which means kitchen, and ‘Ata’, one of the indigenous tribes in the Philippines. The Atas (or to some dialects: Aetas, Agta, or Ayta) are one of the earliest known settlers in the country. In the modern-day setting, they are living in mountainous areas around the archipelago.

This unique ethnic fusion concept was conceived from Chef Jay Grey’s college research paper about the indigenous peoples on the island of Negros. Now spearheading as Kusinata’s resident Chef de Cuisine, he works closely with our Ata brothers and sisters, providing them culinary skills training and jobs where they work as hosts, cooks, and servers, adding great value to Kusinata’s diverse and vibrant team.

Since it opened almost two years ago in the Municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto, they have become known for its ever-surprising, taste buds-teasing menu, thus their fearless introduction of transportive flavors, like the Tamalata, a redefined version of the Mexican Tamales and Shakshuka, their own take and style of this famous Mediterranean dish.

Kusinata’s advocacy is not only centered on the Ata indigenous people but also on supporting local produce, sustainability, and nature preservation. Kusinata is also tapping products from farms toiled by Atas to be used as ingredients for the restaurant’s food and beverages.

A weekend meal with the family at Kusinata is truly an amazing back-to-nature gastronomic experience whilst enjoying the majestic canvas of the Malatan-og Mountain and the Malatan-og Falls. They take early table reservations for Friday to Sunday, 8am – 5pm; but if you missed to book or you just happen to pass by the area, walk-ins are welcome too.

Location: Brgy. Kumaliskis, Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental
Reservations contact: 0995 915 9229
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kusinata/

Image credit: Kusinata

The Voice of Bacolod

Zuu is the newest KTV Bar for the Family and Barkadas (friends). It has eight KTV rooms and each has its own theme and character. They are: Tropical Room, Women Icons, Ferrari Room, Music Legends, 80’s Disco, Moulin Rouge, Sweet Rush & New York City Room. The choice is yours but no matter which Zuu KTV room you pick, you and your friends will surely belt your hearts out to your favourite hits!

The following photos below will give you a quick tour of this newest establishment in the “City of Smiles”, Bacolod City, Philippines.

80s Disco Room

Ferrari Room

Moulin Rouge

Music Legends

NYC Room

Sweet Rush

The Tropical Room

Women Icons

There are three types of room sizes: Large, Larger, Largest. Consumable rates are from Php1,500, Php2,000 and Php2,800, respectively. The room rate is set for the first three hours and an additional Php800 charge for every hour extended. To confirm on the rates, kindly send a text to: 0942 388 69140933 523 0335.

The Large room may fit 5-8 people;  Larger: 10-15; Largest: 18-25. It depends on how big (or small) you want your party to be. To me, “the more, the MORER!” lol

Zuu has a very spacious Roofdeck Lounge area which can hold 90-120 seats. You may hold your private parties and gatherings there, too. In most days, it is open for every patron to chillax while enjoying the good music and cold drinks.

It’s refreshing to have this kind of establishment in Bacolod. Cool, family-friendly and the rates are very competitive. The owners have a meticulous palate, hence, the delicious food on its menu.

When you’re in Bacolod, visit Zuu KTV & Lounge Bar and channel your own version of The Voice!

Address: Zoom Media Bldg., Lacson St., Mandalagan, 6100 Bacolod City (2nd Fl. of Burger Moo Healthy Mushroom Burger)

Operating Hours: 5PM – 2AM

Reservation Hotlines: 441 3130; 441 1925

Text: 0942 388 6914; 0933 523 0335

Like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZuuKTVBar

A Zuu is Born

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.

Zuu KTV Bacolod

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.


 “Keep Calm and Sing!” –Zuu KTV Bar & Roofdeck Lounge

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