San Beda Red Lions

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San Beda Red Lions
San Beda College
San Beda Red Lions logo
League NCAA and WNCAA
Joined 1924-83, 1986-present
Location Mendiola St., Manila (Srs.)
Taytay, Rizal (Jrs.)
Team colors Red      and      White
Fight song {{{song}}}
Women's team Red Lionesses
Juniors' team Red Cubs
Seniors' general championships
(2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13)
Juniors' general championships
NCAA: 10
(1982-83, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 , 2013-14)
Logo used from 1988 to 2010.

The San Beda Red Lions is the name of the collegiate varsity basketball team that plays in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (Philippines). The juniors basketball team is called the Red Cubs while the women's varsity basketball team is called the Red Lionesses. The latter plays in the Women's National Collegiate Athletic Association.

San Beda is the only founding member of the NCAA left in the league.[1][2][3][4]

Team red monickers[edit]

The Lion is the mascot of all the varsity teams, but only the men's varsity basketball team is called the Red Lions. The other varsity teams have their own names for distinction purposes. Here are the official names of the San Beda varsity teams:

Sport Men's Team Women's Team Juniors' Team
Basketball Red Lions Red Lionesses Red Cubs
Football Red Booters Lady Red Booters* Junior Red Booters
Volleyball Red Spikers Lady Red Spikers Junior Red Spikers
Badminton Red Smashers Lady Red Smashers Junior Red Smashers
Tennis Red Netters Lady Red Netters Junior Red Netters
Table Tennis Red Paddlers Lady Red Paddlers Junior Red Paddlers
Track & Field Red Tracksters No team Junior Red Tracksters
Swimming Sea Lions Lady Sea Lions Junior Sea Lions
Taekwondo Red Jins Lady Red Jins Junior Red Jins
Chess Red Woodpushers No team Junior Red Woodpushers
Dragon Boat Rowing Red Rowers* No team No team

* Not competing in the NCAA


San Beda is named after the Venerable Bede of England. In honor of Venerable Bede who is an English man, the school chose the Red Lion Rampant which is the heraldic symbol of the ancient Scots/English for courage as part of its school logo.[2][5][6] San Beda pays tribute to the courage of the Benedictine monks by adopting the Red Lion, the symbol of courage in the Catholic tradition and in the land of St. Bede.[7]

Bedan Symbols[edit]

"¡Animo San Beda!"[edit]

One of the more popular line in the traditional Bedan cheers is "¡Ánimo San Beda!".[8]

Bedans use ¡Ánimo! to mean COURAGE in their cheers. When Bedans yell “¡Ánimo San Beda!” they actually mean “Courage San Beda!/Have Courage San Beda!", faithful to the Spanish idiomatic usage of the word.[2][9][10] ¡Ánimo! is a Spanish word which means spirit, energy, vitality, purpose and will. Used as an expression of encouragement by Spanish speaking societies, it means courage or have courage. "Avance San Beda!" and "Vamos!" were also popular then. In the pre-war Spanish San Beda cheer (also known as El Colegio de San Beda Tiene que Ganar!), "¡Ánimo!" is also included.[8][9] Even in the traditional English cheer, "Stand on the Grandstand", "¡Ánimo!" is extensively used. It is a shared belief among Bedans that the popular line "Animo ________, Beat _________" used by other schools as a stand alone cheer, originated from the 1950s Bedan Cheer Stand on the Grandstand".[2]

The most recent cheer which incorporates "¡Ánimo San Beda!" is the 1970s SBCA. Said cheer was adopted in the 1970s to pay tribute to the new addition to the Benedictine community, the Benedictine Abbey School - San Beda Alabang.[5]

Red Lion and The Ancient Red Lion Rampant[edit]

The Red Lion Rampant

American Catholic schools started the practice of adopting a school mascot when they became wary of sports headlines such as “St. Peter mauls St. Paul 80 – 40”. School administrators and the local Catholic parishioners became uncomfortable with a saint whipping another saint.[5][11] In the Philippines, schools started to copy this practice in the early 1940s.

On July 31, 1940, Fr. Sergio Martinez OSB, inspired by English tradition, coined the moniker “Red Lion” for the school.[12] Red is the color of courage, of a warrior and a martyr. The lion on the other hand represents dominance, the King of the Jungle.[2][5][13]

In the old heraldic tradition, combining RED with the LION symbolizes dauntless courage, bravery, strength, ferocity, valor and magnanimity in victory.[13] In its ancient and traditional form, San Beda's Red Lion is actually the Red Lion Rampant of Scotland which eventually became a prominent English heraldic symbol.[5][14][15][16]

In the Catholic tradition, the Lion is the accompanying symbol of courage whose symbolism itself is rooted in the ancient Lion of Judah.[7] The Roman family of St. Benedict himself used the Lion Rampant as their coat of arms.[17]

It is not by mere coincidence that the school adopted the Red Lion/Red Lion Rampant of Scotland as the school symbol. San Beda College was named after a great Benedictine Saint whose country of origin, England, has adopted for its own the heraldic symbol of the Scots, the Red Lion Rampant.[14][15] In addition, it is a historical fact that the history of England in general and of its church in particular, is deeply connected with the history of the Benedictines in that country.[18] St. Bede was one of England’s greatest contribution to the world.[19] The Red Lion of Scotland on the other hand became a popular and quintessential symbol in England with the Union of the Crowns.[16][20] Thus the Red Lion, rooted in the traditional Red Lion Rampant of Scotland and the ancient Lion of Judah, is a fitting symbol for the Catholic Benedictine School named after the Venerable Bede of England.[2]

Indian Yell[edit]

The San Beda Red Army cheering the Indian Yell

The Cuerba brothers, both Bedans, composed the Indian Yell in 1947 after the liberation from the Japanese occupation.[5][12][21] The Indian Yell was initially solely performed on drums accompanied by cheers from the students. However, this made the cheer somewhat lacking in power and needed something to rejuvenate the audience. So they changed the sound of the yell and incorporated a horn section. Accompanied by the tomahawk chop, the Indian Yell became more lively, intimidating, and full of spirit.[2][12]

The Indian Yell is San Beda's romanticized version of the Indian war whoop. It mimics the native Indian war chants and vocalization techniques designed to intimidate the opponent.[21] North American Indian war chants are verbalization of tunes that implore the great spirits to help them in battle. The romanticized Bedan Indian Yell is believed to have been inspired by the Plains Indian.[2]

The Indian war whoop also gave rise to various derivative chants, most especially the Lion's Roar. The Lion’s roar, with the simple "Wooohooo", also mimics primitive chants of Native American Indians. This is an indirect offspring of the Wahoos started by both Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia in the 1890s.[22] Bedans popularized this aboriginal Native American form of chanting in the Philippine collegiate league and has spawned variations now used by many other schools.[2][5][21]

The Native Americans were a courageous and defiant people. This is also true with the ancient Scottish warriors and their Red Lion Rampant. From the Old World (Europe), Bedans adopted the Red Lion while from the New World (North America) they adopted the Native Americans. Both are Red and both are symbols of Courage.[5]

The ingredients were actually ripe for an Indian inspired theme to gain popularity and acceptance among Bedans. The Scouting movement, introduced to the country by the Americans, became very popular in San Beda College. Worldwide, the movement and the infatuation with North American Indian cultures grew hand in hand. According to Philip J. Deloria in Playing Indian, Indians became a major "lure" to recruit boys.[23] In fact, North American Indian iconography is not only popular in the Scouting movement but in many aspects of the Euro-American psyche.[24] Combining this infatuation, reinforced by the popularity of North American iconography in the movies, literature and American sports, led to the blossoming of an Indian inspired theme in San Beda.

Little Indians[edit]

The Little Indians

To accompany the Indian Yell, the Little Indians were conceptualized by Ramon Ventoza (. GS '46, HS '51).[2][5][21] Mon Ventosa is the longest serving moderator / instructor of the San Beda College Cheering Association. A cheerleader himself during his student days in San Beda College, Mon was appointed as instructor of the College's Cheering Squad (1952–1962). He came up with idea to accompany the Indian Yell for the half tme cheering.[12]

There were only three Indians in 1947: Gabriel Gasar and the Casal brothers, one of which eventually became a Benedictine monk. Slowly, the recruitment process changed and participation from the grade school pupils rose because many wanted to become Little Indians. Tito Mon wanted the Indians to be stout and adorable. From three Indians since 1947, the membership rose to a minimum of eight in the 90’s.[5][12]

San Beda Red Lions roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight Playing yr. High School
PG 4 Japan Koga, Ryusei G. 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
4th San Beda - Alabang
SG 5 Philippines Cabanag, Jeramer P. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
1st LHCA-Bacolod
SF 6 Australia Semerad, Anthony Paul D. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
4th John Paul College
PG 7 Philippines Amer, Baser C. 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
4th San Beda HS
SF 8 Philippines Mendoza, Jaypee B. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
5th Tarlac State
SF 9 Philippines Mocon, Javee D. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Rookie San Beda HS
C 10 Nigeria Adeogun, Olaide J. 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
PG 11 Philippines Sara, Roldan V. 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
3rd San Beda HS
SG 12 Philippines Abude, Lancelot Mikhail P. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Rookie San Beda HS
SF 13 Philippines Abatayo, Van Adam P. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
3rd San Beda HS
SF 14 Australia Semerad, David John D. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
4th John Paul College
C 15 United States Pascual, Kyle N. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
5th Esperanza HS
PG 16 Philippines Tongco, Ranbill Angelo V. 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Rookie San Beda HS
PF 17 Philippines Sorela, Michole S. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
5th Corpus Christi Academy
PF 18 Philippines Dela Cruz Jr., Arthur A. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
4th San Beda HS
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Philippines Adonis Tierra
  • Philippines Ford Arao
  • Philippines JB Sison
  • Philippines Benjie Paras

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured


Team Depth Chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Ola Adeogun
PF Arthur Dela Cruz Jr.
SF Anthony Semerad
SG Ryusei Koga
PG Baser Amer

The Red Cubs Basketball Team Roster[edit]

No. Name Position Height HS Year Grade School
4 Norrish Marc N. Decapia PG 4th Year
5 Niko Angelo P. Abatayo PF 6'0 4th Year
6 Kenneth Louie P. Alas C 6'3 4th Year Letran College
7 Mark Anthony Clyde V. Framil SG 5'7 4th Year La Salle Green Hills
8 Alberto C. Bordeos Jr. PF 3rd Year San Beda College – Rizal
9 Eduardo G. Velasquez Jr. SF 3rd Year
10 Ayron M. Apolto C 4th Year Claret School of Quezon City
11 Evan Jacob D. Furaque PF 6'0 4th Year
12 Rensei G. Geralao PG 4th Year
13 Prince Alexis Etrata PG 3rd Year
14 Joshua Andrei A. Caracut PG 4th Year San Beda College - Rizal
15 Pedro Alfaro III PG 3rd Year
16 Samuel F. Abuhijleh C 6'2 3rd Year Brent International School Laguna
17 Gerald Jazper S. Zamora C 6'3 4th Year
18 Marc Joper L. Diputado PG 4th Year St. Louis School - Don Bosco


Red Lions Battlecry[edit]

2006: End 28 @ 82 - for their quest to conclude the 28 years of seniors basketball championship title drought
2007: Back 2 Back @ 83 - for their bid to have a back-to-back title
2008: DynasTHREE - for their bid to gain back-to-back-to-back titles
2009: Animo Quatro - their bid to have the first ever 4-peat
2010: REDemption - for their bid to regain the NCAA title this 2010
2011: REDomination - for their bid to have a back-to-back title again this 2011
2012: R3peat The 3peat - for their the bid to have a back-to-back-to-back title since 2009
2013: Roar For Four - for their bid to have their school's first ever 4-peat
2014: Go San Beda Five - for their bid for that unprecedented 5-peat
2015: ANIMo San Beda - for their bid to have the first ever 6-peat in NCAA history

End 28 @ 82[edit]

"End 28 @ 82", was the battlecry the San Beda Red Lions used in reference to their quest to conclude the 28 years of seniors basketball championship title drought. The battlecry was a "grassroots" call to arms that was started in by Bedans.[5] The slogan slowly gained popularity among Bedans and was eventually embraced by the entire community.

The last time the Red Lions won the championship was against the De La Salle Green Archers in 1978 and earlier against the Ateneo Blue Eagles in 1977 on the strength of a team bannered by Chito Loyzaga, Frankie Lim, and Jayvee Yango. On September 22, 2006, they finally managed to get another Championship Trophy after winning the Best-of-Three series against the Philippine Christian University Dolphins. On the way to the championship, the Red Lions displayed its dominant form. After losing its second game against the PCU Dolphins, San Beda went on a 12-game winning streak to finish the eliminations on top of the standing with a 13-1 win/loss card. During their Final Four game against the MIT Cardinals, they managed to come back from a double digit deficit to seal their seat in the Finals. In the championship series, they handily won their first game against PCU before succumbing to pressure and very poor shooting in a blowout loss in game 2. The Red Lions finally showed poise in the winner take all rubber match and won a scintillating one point victory to reclaim the championship trophy that has eluded them the past 28 years.[4]

ANIMo San Beda[edit]

The battlecry "ANIMo San Beda" is used in reference to their quest to achieve the first six-peat in NCAA Seniors' Basketball history. It is a portmanteau of the Filipino word "anim" meaning six and the word "animo". It was first popularized by a group of students/die-hard fans from San Beda College Alabang. Not much is known about the origin however this is gaining popularity on social media sites like Facebook. Lately it was found out that a person named Luis Licas started the trend on Twitter. [25]

The San Beda Red Army[edit]

The Bedan Red Army refers to all Chiefs, the Tribe, Republika Bedista or any Bedan diehard/hardcore warriors of the stands. The heckle and yell team. We are all San Beda's Red Army.

Notable Players[edit]

Red Lions[edit]

Red Cubs[edit]


Dubbed the "Red Booters", the San Beda football team has been a consistent championship contender for the past few years in the NCAA. The seniors team has won the NCAA championship for the last 6 years and has won a total of 14 championships, second only to De La Salle University in all time wins.

Notable players are as follows:


The San Beda Alabang girls' volleyball team won the 39th WNCAA championship title. They are the first juniors team to bring a volleyball championship title to their alma mater.

The 2008–09 Roster:

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "NCAA: An Endless Saga". The Bedan June 2005 issue
  4. ^ a b "National Collegiate Athletic Association (Philippines)". Wikipedia Website. Online. Internet. Accessed 23 May 2007 National Collegiate Athletic Association (Philippines)
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Toloma et al. Abbey Monty. Manila: n.p., 2006 Archived July 7, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ History of San Beda College Archived July 16, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b "A Primer To Catholic Symbolism". Boston Catholic Journal. Online. Internet. Accessed 23 May 2007. [2] Archived February 14, 2006 at the Wayback Machine
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  9. ^ a b Danny."Animo San Beda! = Have Courage/Take Courage San Beda!".Online Posting.03 November 2006. (General Discussion-Stop Copying Our Cheers and Drumbeats). Accessed 23 May 2007 [3] Archived January 7, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
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  11. ^ Ateneo de Manila Official Website Archived 14 February 2011 at WebCite
  12. ^ a b c d e Ramon Jose. "The Lion and The Indian". The Bedan Centennial Issue. 2001
  13. ^ a b "The Meanings Behind the Symbols".Fleurdelis Designs. Online. Internet. Accessed 23 May 2007.The Meanings Behind the Symbols: Family Crests, Blazons, Coat of Arms, Personalized Crests Archived 14 February 2011 at WebCite
  14. ^ a b "The British Royal Family". Fleurdelis Designs. Online. Internet. Accessed 23 May 2007 Royal Coats of Arms; Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince William Archived 14 February 2011 at WebCite
  15. ^ a b "Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom". Wikipedia Website. Online. Internet. Accessed 23 May 2007 Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom
  16. ^ a b Pardoe, M. "Pub Names - Red Lion". British Broadcasting Corporation Website. Online. Internet. Accessed 24 May 2007 BBC - Nottingham - Pubs - Pub names - Red Lion Archived 14 February 2011 at WebCite
  17. ^ "School Seal". St. Lucy’s Priory High School Official Website. Online. Internet. Accessed 26 May. [4][dead link]
  18. ^ Dom David Knowles. The Monastic Order in England. Cambridge:Cambridge University Press, 1949 Object moved Archived June 5, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Huntley, D. "Bede: England's First Great Historian". Online. Internet. Accessed 23 May 2007 Bede: England's First Great Historian » HistoryNet
  20. ^ "Union Of the Crowns". Wikipedia Website. Online. Internet. Accessed 24 May 2007 Union of the Crowns
  21. ^ a b c d Saguisag, R. "Manny P and Bedan Nostalgia" .The Manila Times 9 Aug. 2006.[5] Archived June 29, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ Meacham, S."The Persistence of Wahoowah,Dartmouth's Indian Yell, at the University of Virginia".Online. Internet. Accessed 23 May 2007 [6] Archived February 3, 2004 at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ Deloria, P. Playing Indian. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001 Archived 14 February 2011 at WebCite
  24. ^ Huhndorf, S. Going Native: Indians in the American Cultural Imagination. Itacha: Cornell University Press, 2001.GOING NATIVE Archived 14 February 2011 at WebCite
  25. ^

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