NU Bulldogs

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National U Bulldogs
National University (Philippines)
NU Bulldogs logo
League UAAP
Joined 1938
(NCAA founding member - 1924)
Location M. F. Jhocson St., Sampaloc Manila, Philippines
Team colors Blue NU colors.svg Gold
Juniors' team Bullpups
Women's team Lady Bulldogs
Seniors' general championships
1986-87 (Disputed)
Juniors' general championships
UAAP: none

The National University Bulldogs are the collegiate men's varsity teams of National University in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines. The collegiate women's varsity teams are called the Lady Bulldogs while the high school varsity teams are called the Bullpups.



In the early years of the UAAP, the NU Bulldogs were a competitive team in the league, winning a title in 1954. However by the 1980s, NU was perennially in the bottom ranking of the team standings. In the late 1990s, they improved their ranking by moving up to the middle of the team standings with now PBA stars Danny Ildefonso and Lordy Tugade in their team roster, but still failed to make it to the Final Four.

In 2001, the Bulldogs made a surprise trip to the Final Four. They were led by Jeff Napa who tied the record of UE's Allan Caidic for the most number of three-points made in a single UAAP game. However, they were not able to advance to the Finals as they were beaten by the La Salle Green Archers in their Final Four series.

After season 64 (2001–02), the NU Bulldogs returned to their mediocre performance despite having outstanding players such as Rey Mendoza, Edwin Asoro, both members of the Mythical Five in separate seasons and Jonathan Fernandez, who found some success playing for the PBL's Harbour Centre squad and the SEABA RP team.

In the last quarter of year 2008, the family of Henry Sy of SM Shoemart acquired majority (60%) ownership of the National University. Aside from improving school facilities, the new management has included in their corpoarate plan the improvement of NU's sports programs. After ten years, the National U Bulldogs made it again to the UAAP Final Four in 2012.

NU finally broke their 60 year title drought by beating the FEU Tamaraw in Game 3 of the UAAP Season 77 Finals.

UAAP Season 77 (S.Y. 2014–15) rosters

The NU Bulldogs Basketball Team[edit]

No. Name Position Height Weight Play Yr. High School
4 Joshua Angelo C. Alolino PG 6' 0" 185 lbs. 4th University of Perpetual Help
5 Adven Jess L. Diputado PG 5' 9" 154 lbs. Rookie San Beda College
6 Ralp Tristian P. Tansingco SF 6' 1" 170 lbs. 1st National University
7 Rodolfo P. Alejandro III SG 6' 1" 170 lbs. 2nd Malayan High School of Science
8 Henri Joel A. Betayene C 6' 8" 210 lbs 5th-Trf Duola Cameroon
9 Raphael D. Atangan SG 6' 5" 165 lbs. 1st National University
10 Tristan B. Perez PF 6' 4" 190 lbs. 3rd St. Vincent Academy
11 Nico Paolo Javelona SG 6' 1" 170 lbs. 4th West Negros University
12 Glenn R. Khobuntin (Capt.) PF 6' 4" 190 lbs. 5th Colegio de San Juan de Letran
13 Reden M. Celda SG 6' 0" 170 lbs. 4th-Trf Agro Industrial Foundation College
14 Mohammad Al-Yusouf Salim SF 6' 3" 175 lbs. Rookie Chiang Kai Shek College
15 Dave Wilson Yu SF 6' 2" 175 lbs. 1st Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu
16 Kyle Drexler S. Neypes PF 6' 4" 190 lbs. 4th University of Santo Tomas
17 Jeth Troy U. Rosario PF 6' 10" 200 lbs. Final Yr. Abulug School of Fisheries - Cagayan
18 John Paul S. Cauilan PF 6' 3" 194 lbs. Rookie National University
19 Alfred Dong Aroga C 6' 7" 205 lbs. 1st College Bilingue Luc Legrand-Cameroon

Team depth chart

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Alfred Aroga Henri Betayene Tristan Perez
PF Troy Rosario Kyle Neypes JP Cauilan Meds Salim
SF Raphael Atangan Glenn Khobuntin Ralp Tansingco Dave Wilson Yu
SG Jay-Jay Alejandro Paolo Javelona Reden Celda
PG Gelo Alolino Rev Diputado

Athletic director: Junel Baculi

The NU Lady Bulldogs Basketball Team[edit]

No. Name Position Height Weight Play Yr. High School
4 Camilla Denise Escoto SF
5 Shelley Anne Gupilan PF
7 Janeth Rosa Sison
8 Trixie Marie Antiquiera SG Saint Joseph School - La Salle
9 Jhanine Layug
10 Madel Castro PG
11 Jessica Edralyn Maghibon F
12 Afril Bernardino SG
13 Risa Mae Paig
14 Marizze Andrea Tongco
15 Kristine Abriam C
16 Gemma Miranda
17 Allison Del Carmen
18 Cathlyn Jane Seno 5' 11" 130 lbs.
19 Kimberly Pascua
20 Nica Villegas
21 Ria Nabalan

The NU Bullpups Basketball Team[edit]

No. Name Position Height Weight HS Gr. Grade School
4 Jordan Sta Ana
7 Mark Anthony Dyke PF 6' 2" 185 lbs 12
8 Vincent Christian Claveria C
9 John Lloyd Clemente
10 Vince Michael Saquian
11 Allen Andrew Mina SG Naguilian Central School (Isabela)
14 Oliver Wendell De Guzman PG
15 Philip Martin Manalang PG 12
16 Justine Baltazar C 6' 4" 175 lbs.
17 Alfredo Calma
18 Joshua Francis Callejo
20 Mark Ferreras
21 Karl Angelo Peñano


  • Champion: Men's volleyball team - UAAP Season 76 (2013-14)
  • Champion: Men's volleyball team - UAAP Season 75 (2012-13)
  • Champion: 2013 University Games (Bacolod City)
  • 4th place: 2011 University Games (Roxas City)
  • 1st Runner Up: 2014 Philippine National Games (PNG)
  • 1st Runner Up: 2013 Philippine National Games (PNG)
  • Champion: 2013 Inter-Collegiate Volleyball Championship (Baguio City)
  • Champion: 2012 Inter-Collegiate Volleyball Championship (Baguio City)
  • 3rd place: 2011 Inter-Collegiate Volleyball Championships (Baguio City)
  • Champion: 2nd (2012) Eagle Ridge Volleyball Championship (Gen. Trias Cavite)
  • 1st Runner Up: 3rd (2013) Eagle Ridge Volleyball Championship (Gen. Trias Cavite)
  • 2nd Runner Up: 2013 Tuguegarao Open Volleyball Tournament (Tuguegarao City)
  • Champion: Dr. Vergilio delos Santos Cup (University of Manila)
  • Champion: 1st Vice Ganda Cup Volleyball Tournament (FEU)

UAAP Season 76 (S.Y. 2013–14) rosters

The NU Bulldogs Volleyball Team[edit]

No. Name Position Height Weight Play Yr. High School
1 Vincent Raphael M. Mangulabnan Setter 5' 8" 3rd Canossa Academy Lipa
2 Leonardo T. Medrano, Jr. 2nd Allen National High School
3 Sonny Marc N. Tekiko Setter 5' 10" 4th Davao City National High School
4 Peter Den Mar E.Torres Middle Hitter 6' 3" 4th Leyte National High School
6 Josephenry P. Tipay Libero 4th San Pedro Relocation Center National HS
8 Rashdi B. Talipan Middle Hitter 6' 0" 1st Pangasinan Bungao Tawi-Tawi
9 Rueben N. Inaudito (Capt.) Utility 5' 11" 4th Aklan National HS for Arts and Trades
10 Fauzi K. Ismail Outside Hitter 6' 2" 2nd Mindanao State University - TCTO
11 Reyson L. Fuentes Middle Hitter 6' 4" 5th San Miguel National High School
13 Madzlan A. Gampong 1st Hji Omarsani Tambut National High School
14 Jan Berlin B. Paglinawan Outside Hitter 6' 2" 4th Southern Rizal Institute
15 Mark Benzon C. Dizon Libero 3rd De La Salle Lipa
16 Ruben T. Baysac, Jr. Middle Hitter 6' 4" 2nd Solano High School
18 Edwin D. Tolentino Outside Hitter 5' 11" 4th Santa Cruz Academy

The NU Lady Bulldogs Volleyball Team[edit]

No. Name Position Height Weight Play Yr. High School
2 Ivy Jisel A. Perez Setter 5' 8" 130 lbs. 4th Batangas Christian School
3 Alyja Daphne A. Santiago Middle Hitter 6' 5" 145 lbs. 2nd National University
4 Marites C. Pablo Opposite Hitter 5' 7" 120 lbs. Rookie Nazareth School of National University
5 Fatima Bia V. General Libero 5' 5" 120 lbs. 3rd Camarines Sur National High School
6 Roma Joy D. Doromal Opposite Hitter 5' 8" 125 lbs. Rookie Central Philippine University
7 Rizza Jane V. Mandapat Outside Hitter 5' 8" 130 lbs. 5th Northwestern Visayan Colleges
8 Gillian Faye C. Naval Libero 5' 1" 105 lbs. Rookie Leyte National High School
10 Jocelyn I. Soliven Setter 5' 4" 120 lbs. 4th Moncada Catholic School
11 Roselyn Doria Middle Hitter 5' 11" 130 lbs. Rookie Mangaldan National High School
12 Klarice B. Abriam Outside Hitter 5' 8" 125 lbs. Rookie Holy Angel University
13 Gayle Rose D. Valdez Outside Hitter 5' 3" 110 lbs. 2nd National University
14 Jorelle V. Singh Outside Hitter 5' 6" 130 lbs. 1st Nazareth School of National University
16 Siemens Desiree J. Dadang (Capt.) Middle Hitter 5' 9" 130 lbs. 5th Central Bukidnon Institute
17 Myla C. Pablo Outside Hitter 5' 9" 130 lbs. 4th St. Rose Catholic School


UAAP Season 76 (S.Y. 2013–14) roster

The NU Bulldogs Football Team[edit]

No. Name Position Height Weight Play Yr. High School
4 Pritchill Evans I. Pascual Full-back
6 Arnel A. Casil Centre-back 2nd
7 Bryan T. Garciano
8 Charles Jade Denver F. Dumlao 2nd
9 Juniel R. Jalandoni
10 Mark Anthony A. Sampaga
11 Elgen R. Antipolo 2nd
12 Hayeson H. Pepito Goalkeeper 2nd
13 Chac Renus U. Cuaresma 2nd
14 Joey I. Lacson 2nd
16 Ronald Espinosa Rookie
18 Darwin Regala Rookie
19 Paolo Salenga Center-forward Rookie
20 Mark Jojo T. Marcaida Full-back 2nd
21 Jezer Jalandoni Midfielder 1st FEU - Diliman
Anthony P. Antipolo 2nd
Michael Vincent P. Angeles 2nd
Elijah Aban Rookie
30 Francis Jay Abalunan Rookie
41 John Nico Macapal Full-back Rookie


The Bulldogs have found recent success in the UAAP baseball tournament. After years in the bottom of the team standings, NU has made it four consecutive times to the Final 4, from season 72 (2009–10 ) to season 75 (2012–13). In season 74 (2011–12) they not only made it to the Finals but also won the championship, their third since 1965. Again they repeated their Finals appearance the following year, season 75 (2012–13). This time however, they were not as fortunate. They finished runner-up to Ateneo.

UAAP Season 76 (S.Y. 2013–14) roster

The NU Bulldogs Baseball Team[edit]

No. Name Position Height Weight Play Yr High School
6 Mike-john Gante Outfielder (CF)
7 Mark Elic Infielder (1B)
8 Aprix John Santos
9 Jhondel Richo Tolosa Infielder (3B)
10 Felix Michael Custodio
15 Aries Oruga Pitcher/ Outfielder(RF)
16 Julius Mondragon Infielder (2B)
17 Clarence Caasalan Infielder (1B)
22 Alfredo Olivarez Catcher
23 Herxel Fortunato Outfielder (LF)
26 Marcial Gante Outfielder (RF)
27 Junmar Diarao
29 Jezreel Rosita Shortstop
31 Ronel Peralta Pitcher
67 Robin Jay Libid Outfielder (RF)


UAAP Season 76 (S.Y. 2013–14) roster

The NU Lady Bulldogs Softball Team[edit]

No. Name Position Height Weight Play Yr. High School
2 Whell Ghene Nietes Infielder (3B)
4 Charleslyn Tulalian Outfielder (LF)
6 Ester Cabillo
7 Clarifer Singh Outfielder (LF)
10 Colleen Alilin Catcher
12 Mia Macapagal Pitcher Rookie
14 Kristine May Paclar
16 Mary Grace May Blanco
21 Shiela Marie Pilo Pitcher Rookie
25 Elvie Gequillo
26 Arianne Vallestero Infielder (3B)
27 Kristine Marie Acuña
28 Rose Marie Torres Outfielder (CF)
29 Carla Payapaya Infielder (2B)
34 Shaira Damasing Pitcher
53 Lovely Dyan Arago Shortstop
64 Razel Mae Cuyos Pitcher


The National U Pep Squad performs at the halftime of the basketball games of the NU Bulldogs in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and represents the University in the UAAP Cheerdance Competition along with the NU Cheer Squadron and NU Drummers. They were the champions for two consecutive years (2013 and 2014). Their closest rival is the UP Pep Squad, which has been a consistent runner-up for the past two seasons. Ghicka Bernabe, a former member of FEU Cheering Squad, is the current head coach of the group.

Their trademark cheers are as follows:

  • BULLDOG Spelling
  • Buma Kaya
  • Go Bulldogs
  • Go Fight and Win
  • Go for the Gold, Fight for the Blue
  • Hey, NU Let's Go
  • Let's Fight NU Fight, Go Fight


This is the school's ranking in the three most popular team sports in UAAP since 1986, the year the UAAP became an eight member-school league. NU returned to participate in the men's football tournament in season 75 (2012–13).