Arellano Chiefs

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Arellano Chiefs
Arellano University
Arellano Chiefs logo.jpg
League NCAA
Joined NAASCU: 2001-02
NCRAA: 2005-09
NCAA: 2009
Location Manila, Philippines
Team colors Blue, Red and Gray
Women's team Lady Chiefs
Juniors' team Braves
Seniors' general championships
Juniors' general championships

The Arellano University Chiefs is the athletic team of Arellano University. It is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA). The team has several intercollegiate varsity sports teams for women and men at Arellano.


Originally as the Arellano Flaming Arrows, the team won the National Student's Championship (NSC) in the 1970s. Years later, the Chiefs entered the best-of-three finals in the men's basketball division of the NCRAA in 2006 when they were defeated by the Saint Francis of Assisi College Doves. In a repeat finals appearance in 2007, head coach Leo Isaac finally led the Chiefs to the championship with a 67–64 game three win against the EAC Generals. The Chiefs relied on their defense to stop EAC's Ronjay Buenafe, while supporters of the rival teams had to be restrained inside the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. The then Baby Chiefs also defeated the Olivarez College juniors team in their own title series to ensure both NCRAA basketball titles would go to their Juan Sumulong Campus.[1]

In 2008, the Chiefs reigned anew against 2006 tormentor St. Francis in two games.,[2] while the Baby Chiefs also swept the Dovelets in juniors' competition to keep both basketball trophies.[3] The Chiefs' NCRAA championship caused their qualification to the 2008 Philippine Collegiate Championship for basketball. In the PCC, they defeated UCN Golden Dragons in the first round, but they were eliminated in the quarterfinals by three-peat NCAA champions San Beda Red Lions.

The Chiefs were able to qualify anew for the 2009 NCRAA finals, but they were defeated by upstarts Universal College Golden Dragons in overtime to deny the Chiefs of a third consecutive championship, while the Baby Chiefs were luckier as they defeated the Rizal Technological University Baby Thunders to clinch their third consecutive championship.[4]

The Chiefs are also the reigning three-time Fr. Martin's Cup champions, their last championship coming in 2009 against Philippine Merchant Marine School.[5]

With the departure of Philippine Christian University (PCU) Dolphins after exposure of several juniors' players enrolling with forged documents, the NCAA originally opened its doors for new members, and Arellano was one of the schools that lodged their application.[6] Arellano was named as one of the frontrunners,[7] but the NCAA Policy Board fail to garner enough number of votes to admit a new member which closed the doors for new members for their 2009–10 season.[8]

However, the NCAA invited "guest teams" instead, and Arellano, along with the AUF Great Danes and fellow NCRAA member EAC Generals were accepted as guest teams for the 2009–10 season, where they are also eligible to win championships.[9]

The Chiefs finished their 2009 campaigned fifth, the best among the guest teams, with an 8–10 record.[10] At the end of the tournament, Giorgio Ciriacruz was named as part of the Mythical Five (all-NCAA team), the only player from a guest team to be named in the five-member roster.[11]

On the Season 87 of NCAA, Isiah Ciriacruz won't play for the season due to a sustained injury and Adrian Celada was named as Team Captain.[12]


The Chiefs Basketball Team[edit]

Arellano Chiefs roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight Playing yr. High School
PG 4 Philippines Gumaru, Donald G.
2nd Arellano HS
PF 5 Philippines Salcedo, Ralph Chrysler A. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
4th Arellano HS
PG 6 Philippines Jalalon, Jiovani N.
SG 7 Canada Nicholls, Zachary James C. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
SF 8 Canada Forrester, James Patrick 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
2nd St. Theresa of Lisieux Catholic HS
SG 9 Philippines Hernandez, Levi M. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
2nd Arellano HS
PF 10 Philippines Bangga, Nichole John B. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
2nd Agro Industrial Foundation
C 12 Philippines Caperal, Prince Renmer B. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
4th Arellano HS
SF 13 Philippines Agovida, Keith Jasper M.
Rookie JRU HS
PG 15 Philippines Pinto, Nard John V. 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
2nd Holy Cross of Davao
PF 17 Philippines Cadavis, Julius Salvador T.
2nd SHS-Ateneo De Cebu
18 Philippines Malanday II, Larry John F.
2nd Holy Child School of Davao
SF 19 Philippines Enriquez, Allen S.
22 Canada Serjue, Adam Jacob V.
2nd Cawthra Park Secondary School
23 Philippines Margallo, Alwin John F.
Rookie Adamson HS
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

The Braves Basketball Team Roster[edit]

No. Name Position Height Playing Year HS Year Grade School
8 Adrian Karl L. Reyes
16 Renz Lester H. Munsayac
22 Melvin Bayot G. Chua
26 John Joseph P. Facundo
James Darwin M. Acsayan
Juniel S. Balbarona
Isaiah B. Banal

Juan Miguel E. Gula
Maiko Ellis P. Juico
Tristan Neil A. Paradela
Steven John F. Paulo
John Joseph G. Peralta
Hermilo M. Rabusa Jr.
Roosevelt College


Chiefs and Braves


Head Coach - Robert Javier Asst. Coach - Marlo Arocha,

1.Balanoba,Regine Anne D.

2.Calixto, Ma. Erica A.

3.Capate, Agatha Rose D.

4.Cariño, Nikka T.

5.Esguerra, Mary Anne G.

6.Galang, Jan Eunice Shane T.

7.Henson, Danna M.

8.Ibisa, Jonalyn F.

9.Juanich, Mikaela O.

10.Legacion, Angelica D.

11.Lucero, Jolina Thalia

12.Macabalitao, Angelica M.

13.Marzan, Andrea

14.Ordoñez, Princess Mariane P.

15.Pingoy, Jeremae

16.Prado, Jovielyn Grace R.

17.Ramirez, Rhea Marist

18.Rosario, Cristine Joy U.

19.Roxas, Karen

20.Sagun, Elaine R

21.Salamagos, Shirly G.

22.Sanchez, Maria Angela

23.Sante, Rialen

24.Sarmiento, Pia

25.So, Anika Ruth

26.Tan, Jenicalynne

27.Tiangco, Julie Anne

28.Tobias, Renaxela Z.

29.Torres, Eunika

30.Tubiera, Menchie O.

31.Valencia, Jeramie B.


Chiefs and Baby Chiefs




Track and Field[edit]


  1. ^ "Arellano Chiefs clinch NCRAA crown". The Manila Times. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Chiefs beat Doves 61-60 to bag NCRAA caging title". GMA News and Public Affairs. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  3. ^ NCRAA: Arellano Baby Chiefs keep junior caging title,
  4. ^ NCRAA: Universal College dethrones champ Arellano,
  5. ^ NCAA-bound Arellano stamps class in Fr. Martin caging,
  6. ^ "NCAA to announce new team before year ends". 16 October 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  7. ^ Atencio, Peter (2 January 2009). "NCAA prunes down choices to 3". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  8. ^ "NCAA suspends admission of new members for 2009". 3 February 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2009. 
  9. ^ Legaspi, Perry (3 June 2009). "Guest teams given chance to vie for NCAA titles". Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  10. ^ "Mendoza's MVP-like performance lifts Generals to triumph". 5 October 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "Carpet bombing: JRU gunners sweep NCAA MVP awards". 20 October 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  12. ^ "Arellano Chiefs Beat JRU Heavy Bombers in NCAA Season 87 Basketball Game". 6 July 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011.