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Mapua Institute of Technology
Mapúa Cardinals
Mapúa Institute of Technology
Mapúa Cardinals logo
League NCAA
Joined 1930
Location Intramuros, Manila
Team colors Red, gold and black
Fight song {{{song}}}
Juniors' team Malayan Red Robins
Seniors' general championships
NCAA: 5 (1949-50, 1965-66, 1981-82, 1991-92, 1992-93)
Juniors' general championships
NCAA: 8 (1964-65, 1968-69, 1969-70, 1970-71, 1972-73, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1994-95)

The Mapúa Cardinals are the National Collegiate Athletic Association (Philippines) basketball team of the Mapúa Institute of Technology.

The Mapúa Cardinals holds the NCAA record for the most number of General Championships in the seniors division with a total of 20—the last of these championships was won in 1993. At distant second is the Colegio de San Juan de Letran which has 8 seniors titles.

Of the total Seniors GC's won by the Cardinals, 10 were hauled from the 1980s to the mid-1990s in addition to 3 (out of a total 8) in the juniors division over the same period, a testament to the distinguished leadership of the legendary Valerio "Amang" Lopez as Athletic Director.


The Cardinal in the name Mapua Cardinals was adopted from the American baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals of which Don Tomas Mapúa, the founder of the Mapúa Institute of Technology was an avid fan. The Juniors (high school) team adopted the monicker, Red Robins.



The Mapúa Cardinals have won the NCAA Seniors Championship five times (in 1949, 1965, 1981, and the back-to-back titles from 1991–92 to 1992-93). The MIT basketball team holds the distinction of producing alumni players who have won the season Most Valuable Player award in the professional Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) for the most number of years. The legendary Freddie Hubalde and Fortunato "Atoy" Co won this award once each in 1977 and 1979, respectively, while Alvin Patrimonio. has won it four times, in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1997. All three players are members of the 25 All-Time Greatest PBA Players.

The Mapúa Red Robins, on the other hand have won 18 NCAA championships, the last of which was won during the 2000 season. As a testament to its superb performance in the NCAA juniors division, the Red Robins have the distinction of winning a rare five-year championship run from 1968 to 1972.

Notable players[edit]

  • Other former Mapua Red Robins and/or Cardinals who eventually played in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) include: Israel Catacutan, Ricardo dela Peña, "Bong" dela Cruz, Paolo Hubalde, Menardo Jubinal, Rudolph Kutch, Eric Leaño, Eugene Leano, Romulo Mamaril, Jay Mendoza, Kevin Ramas (1990 NCAA MVP), Ricky Relosa, Johnny Revilla, Reuben dela Rosa (1993 NCAA MVP), Omanzie Rodriguez, Victor Sanchez, Jack Santiago, Rudy Soriano, Mark Telan, Chito Victolero and Marvin Ortiguerra. [1] [2]

The Cardinals Basketball Team[edit]

Mapua Cardinals roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight Playing yr. High School
F 8 Philippines Eriobu Jr., Joseph Emmanuel A.
Philippines Braña, Mark Jayson C.
2nd RTU
F 9 Philippines Magsigay, Darrel Dave A.
3rd Prosperidad HS
G/F 13 Philippines Estrella, Andrew G.
2nd Malayan HS
SF 14 Philippines Saitanan, Jessie C.
2nd Colegio De Santa Monica
F 17 Philippines Villasenor, Ronnel
C 18 Philippines Cantos, Jeson Rey R.
F 19 Philippines Layug, Raphael Joesh P.
3rd University of Baguio
PG 4 Philippines Biteng, Exeqiel A.
Rookie National University
PG 7 Philippines Gabo, Hesed Leo Jose P.
Philippines Gonzalez, Rodney M.
Philippines Guzman, Jervin R.
Rookie Malayan HS
G 5 Philippines Isit, Carlos J.
Philippines Magtoto, Darwin V.
Philippines Sumampong, Jerick H.
Rookie UST HS
SF 12 Philippines Galoso, James
Rookie Hope Christian High School
G 10 Philippines Tubiano, Jomari
Rookie Hope Christian High School
F 15 Philippines Serrano, Justin Oliver F.
G/F 6 Philippines Canaynay, Jerome L.
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Track and field[edit]

Another sport where the Mapua Cardinals and Red Robins have demonstrated their dominance in the NCAA is in track and field. Prior to 1953, relay and track and field events were counted separately although Mapuan athletes have already demonstrated a winning tradition. Since 1953 when these events were formalized, MIT has won a total of 25 titles in the seniors division and 6 in the juniors division. Ateneo de Manila follows at a distant second with 17 juniors and 6 seniors titles.

The Mapúa track and field team has produced some notable Philippine sports heroes including:

  • Henry Dagmil - Member of the Philippine track and field team; 2005 South East Asian Games Gold Medalist and record holder in the long jump event. [3]
  • Florentino Toribio Manuel - Member of the 1950,Mapua Cardinals Track and Field.
  • Claro Pellosis - Member of the 1936 Olympic team for track and field.
  • Simeon Toribio - Member of the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Olympic teams; Olympic Bronze Medalist in the high jump event at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics; many-time Asian Games gold medalist and recipient of the 1930 World Helms Trophy for being Asia's greatest athlete. [4] The only Filipino to be awarded such honor.
  • Miguel White - Member of the 1936 Olympic team; Olympic Bronze Medalist in the 400m hurdles at the 1936 Berlin Olympics [5]
  • Rodelio Santos - Member of MIT track and field 1982-1984. First winner of five gold medals in the NCAA for the MIT Red Robins in long jump, triple jump, 400m hurdles, 4x400 relay, and 4x100 relay under Coach Claro Pellosis
  • Ruben Nieva -(BSME) Member of MIT track and field 1979-1983. Gold medal in 4x100 and 4x400 relay,Bronze in 100m and javelin throw and bronze in 4x400 relay as a member of the NCAA selection during the annual NCR competition(1979) coached by Claro Pellosis. Team captain of 1983 NCAA Track and Field Champion.

Several other members of past Philippine national teams are also from MIT.

Other sports[edit]

The Mapúa Institute of Technology has also shown great performances in other sports.


As an example, the Mapúa seniors swimming team, coached for many years by Prof. Edilberto Bonus, has won no less than 40 titles in the seniors division and 22 in the juniors. This clearly dominating record is followed only by that of San Beda College with 21 championships in the juniors division but only 8 titles in the seniors events. MIT's tankers last won the seniors crown in 1997 while the last juniors title was won in 1991.

Prof. Bonus, an outstanding Mapuan, is himself a distinguished swimmer having won the Bronze Medal at the first Asian Games that was held in New Delhi, India in 1951. Until his retirement, he was an admired professor of both Mathematics and Physical Education at the Institute. He also served as President of the Philippine Amateur Swimming Association for several years.


The MIT chess team has produced the likes of Eugene Torre, Asia's first grandmaster as well as International Master Renato Naranja, both of whom represented the country in the 1972 Chess Olympiad. In addition, International Master Ildefonso Datu and several National Masters including Ernesto Encarnacion Jr. and Julius De Ramos also honed their skills with the seniors chess team. Mapua has won a total of 11 NCAA Chess titles in the seniors division, the last being in 2002, and 6 NCAA juniors titles although the last one was in 1996.


MIT leads the NCAA with 16 seniors and 17 juniors titles followed by San Beda with 11 seniors and 14 juniors championships. Mapua's tennis greats include former Philippine and Southeast Asian number one netter Manuel Tolentino who represented the country in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Mapua last won the seniors title in 1994 and the juniors in 1997.


Behind La Salle and San Beda, Mapúa has the third best winning record in football with 7 juniors titles and 12 seniors titles. The MIT football team has produced several players who have played for the Philippine national football team in international competitions.


It has been founded in 1986 by former Philippine team member and 14th Southeast Asian Games silver medalist middleweight jin, Joal Pamintuan (BSME). Pamintuan was part of the Philippine contingent in the SEA Games which was composed of other notable jins like: Arnold Baradi, Stephen Fernandez, Monsour Del Rosario, Ernie Roque, Jobet Morales, and Bobby Vargas. Pamintuan is also a member of the elite Philippine Taekwondo Association's Taekwondo Blackbelt Brotherhood (TBB) batch 5. The first batch of jins formed in 1986 the Mapua Taekwondo Association (MITTA) and is recognized by the Philippine Taekwondo Association. MITTA officially represented Mapua in various interschool and national championships starting in 1986 where it saw action competitively for the first time in The 1986 National Taekwonwondo Championships. Its best performance was at the 1989 Interschool Championships where it fielded two teams: Mapua Gold and Mapua Red. Mapua Gold won the bronze medal when it defeated the Gray team of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in the quarterfinals. The founding members of MITTA were: Isias Bongar Jr. (BSCE), Mike Suzuki (BSME), and Oliver Baltazar (BSME) among others. It has been disbanded in 1992 when most of its elite members have already graduated, including Joal Pamintuan. Taekwondo is taught again in the school after it was acquired by The Yuchengco Group and is currently developing players to represent the school. It is being handled by Noel Almaida, a former member of the Philippine Taekwondo Demo Team and an active member of the Elite Taekwondo BlackBelter Brotherhood (TBB).

Cheering at the NCAA[edit]

The MIT Cheerping Cardinals[edit]

The Mapúa Cheerleading Association known informally as the Cheerping Cardinals won the NCAA's first ever cheerdancing competition held in 2004. Since then, they continued to show exhibit competitive performances, including a runner-up finish in the 2007 competition where they lost to the University of Perpetual Help pep squad by a single point.

MIT Songs and Cheers[edit]

The staple cheer of the Mapúa Institute of Technology is the cry "Viva Mapúa!"