Virtual Visit to The Catsup Museum

Before the lockdown, our family used to move around a lot. You’ll barely see the kids working on their academics at home. We like to do things and learn about things in person. In fact, one of the things that we miss a lot is being able to visit museums to learn about different stories and histories.

We’ve heard of virtual museum tours when the Pandemic hit, but we haven’t had the chance to check them out. What we did get to see was the virtual tour of the Great Wall of China which my 11-year old has been wanting to travel to for as long as I can remember.

We would really much rather see museums in the physical, but since the quarantine has been extended for so long now, and kids have been getting cabin fever, I thought I’d surprise them with a little virtual tour of NutriAsia’s The Catsup Museum.


So last Friday, I told the boys we were doing the short tour and hooked our laptop to the TV monitor for a bigger, clearer view of the rooms we will be shown around at. The boys were up to it, so off we went see the home of some of the famous Filipino condiments – UFC, Papa, Jufran, and Mafran.

We weren’t that surprised to learn that The Catsup Museum is actually a partnership between NutriAsia and The Mind Museum, after all, The Mind Museum has some of the most interesting exhibits for young souls. In this one (The Catsup Museum), we were taken to see the 4 major halls in the building.

The tour kicked of at The Hall of the Natural History of Banana. where we learned for the first time that the banana tree is, in fact, not a banana tree, but an overgrown herb. Can you believe that? My husband turned to me with wide eyes, haha!


We were then taken to the Maria Ylagan Orosa Hall. Maria Ylagan invented the banana catsup. She was a food technologist, chemist, humanitarian and war heroine. She came up with the banana catsup during World War 2 when tomatoes were lacking in production.
We were also taken to the manufacturing hall where the kids got to see what goes into making their favourite banana catsup and how they were put under quality control before being packaged in bottles for distribution.

The tour was concluded at the Bana-quet hall, which was said to be a place where guests took lots of photos for souvenirs and try some of their banana catsup products.


It was a short tour, but we all enjoyed it. We even took pictures with each room, haha! Why not have fun while at it, yeah?

“For kids who love videos and games, The Catsup Museum will also be launching an interactive module entitled Banana 101. Centered on the wonder fruit, kids can enjoy a series of entertaining activities that will teach them everything about the banana, from its history and life cycle, to how they are grown and processed into the food they eat.

The Catsup Museum’s digital resources are all part of Homeschool: Masarap Matuto, Masaya Mag-Aral, NutriAsia’s first ever learning platform made to spark curiosity in every child. Carving a new path to learning for parents and children alike, the selection of educational materials will cover topics such as health and nutrition for yourself and the family sponsored by Papa, and an introduction to beloved Philippine fruits care of Locally, and will be launched through NutriAsia’s website very soon. (Source:


The virtual tour of The Catsup Museum is FREE for all. You may check it out and other digital resources here:

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  1. Museum tours are always part of my travel itinerary. Local mam or overseas. Kids get to learn a lot talaga.

    But I hope, as their museum booms, they also regularise their employees no?

  2. I love how progressive the companies are right now – still moving forward despite the pandemic, and quarantine being extended. Like these companies, learning should also be progressive. This is a good job!

  3. didnt know there is such museum! sayang di man lang napuntahan.. sana open pa din sila after.. iba kasi pag anjan talaga eh ano. pero ill drop by the virtual museum. im sure coco will enjoy this too

  4. Oh this is so cool! I haven’t heard of The Catsup Museum before but it looks like something to do with a group of friends or family. 🙂 Museum tours make up sooo much of my travels too 🙂

  5. It was like I was on the tour myself! It’s fascinating that the banana tree was a hers all a long. I never knew that. I still cant distinguish the difference in taste between tomato and banana ketchup. Am i missing something here? Haha

  6. This is one of the things that I haven’t done before since this pandemic happened and I really wanna try the virtual tours in the museums. I’m really interested in this one since I like catsup so much 💗

  7. Your kids’ photo shows that they are really enjoying the virtual tour! This is a really good activity during the pandemic especially for the children. I would try visiting the link because I am a museum sucker too! Hahahaha.

  8. It truly amazes me of how this ketchup is made from banana! I’ve also read somewhere about its history and how Maria Ylagan invented it during the world war. Sobrang galing talaga <3

  9. I didn’t know may ganito pala! I’m also a fan of kid’s museums (kahit 22 years old na ako haha, I still get amused) or any type of museums. There’s always something to learn kasi. Once this pandemic is over, I’ll also would love to visit this!

  10. I was entertained reading this!

    It’s a good thing that concepts like this have emerged as alternate sources of educating the kids despite being in the lockdown period. Of course, nothing compares to the sensory experience, but this would do for now. I also love museums even if I’m already an adult!

    Since it’s free, I’ll be checking this out. Thank you for sharing!

  11. This is so interesting! It would have been nicer if in person noh? But this would definitely do for sure for the kids who are experiencing cabin fever na like what you’ve mentioned. 😅

  12. I did this visit with my kiddos! Iba pa rin talaga pag in person, but I love that the Mind Museum has tried to help out kids na for sure, bagot na bagot na (so bored for staying at home). Also, pareho tayo na nagulat na hindi pala puno ang “Puno ng saging” hehehe <3 Can't wait to finally be done of this virus so that we can see this in person too!

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