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UST Growling Tigers
University of Santo Tomas
UST Growling Tigers logo
League UAAP
Joined 1938
(NCAA founding member - 1924)
Location España Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila Manila, Philippines
Team colors      Gold
     White
     Black
Juniors' team Tiger Cubs
Women's team Tigresses
Seniors' general championships
UAAP: 39
1958-59 1960-61 1961-62 1962-63 1963-64 1964-65 1967-68 1970-71 1975-76 1976-77 1979-80 1982-83 1983-84 1984-85 1985-86 1987-88 1988-89 1989-90 1990-91 1991-92 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95, 1995-96 1996-97 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12
Juniors' general championships
UAAP: 15
1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2006-07 2007-08 2008-2009 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-2013

Website www.usttigers.com
Logo used until 2013.

The UST Growling Tigers is the varsity team of the University of Santo Tomas in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines. The women's varsity team is called the UST Tigresses. Originally called the Glowing Goldies, the name has been changed starting with the 1992–93 season. The Juniors' teams are represented by the UST High School. The boys' team is called the Tiger Cubs and the girls' team, the Lady Tiger Cubs.

The University of Santo Tomas holds the most number of UAAP Overall Championships at 54 titles (39 Seniors' Division Overall Championships in the 66 seasons that the title was awarded and 15 Juniors' Division Overall Championships out of 18 seasons).[1]

The University has a formidable athletic program in all sporting events of the league. The University also takes part in various sports leagues such as the Philippine Collegiate Champions League, the Shakey's V-League and the University Games.

Mascot and colors[edit]

Gold and white, UST's school colors.
The Bengal Tiger was chosen as UST's mascot, since it has Gold, White and Black stripes, the school colors.

The men's varsity team of the University of Santo Tomas used to be called the "Glowing Goldies". The change to "Growling Tigers" came after the embarrassment suffered by the UST crowd who were present during the opening ceremonies of Season 54 (1991–92). Part of the program was the parade of school mascots. Host University of the Philippines which was the producer of the program was at a loss on how to represent the Glowing Goldies concretely. Since UST is a Dominican institute, the host decided to represent the school with an old Dominican friar holding a basketball, with sweatbands on the arms as well as band-aids all over its body and limbs. This personification drew a lot of laughter from the crowd. Due to this embarrassment, a search for a new mascot was held. Athletic Director Felicitas Francisco suggested the tiger as the new mascot due to its gold and white colors.[2]

When it was UST's turn to be host in Season 55 (1992–93), the new growling tiger mascot debuted in the opening ceremonies. Since then, Mrs. Francisco always donned her tiger-striped coat when she attends UST playoff games.[2] The High School boy's team then called the "Golden Nuggets" likewise changed its name to "Tiger Cubs".

It should be noted that Manila Central University used the tiger mascot (with purple and gold colors) in the UAAP when it joined in 1952. It withdrew from the UAAP and is currently inactive in intercollegiate athletics.

The gold and white colors of the flag of the Vatican City were adopted by University of Santo Tomas as its school colors because of its Pontifical status.

Varsity teams[edit]

The University of Santo Tomas is one of 4 schools that participate in all of the fifteen sporting events of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). The names of the school's collegiate varsity teams participating in these fifteen sports are shown in the table below.

Sport Men's Team Women's Team
Basketball pictogram.svg Basketball Growling Tigers Tigresses
Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg Volleyball Tiger Spikers Golden Tigresses
Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg Beach volleyball Tiger Spikers Lady Spikers
Football pictogram.svg Football Golden Booters Lady Booters
Baseball pictogram.svg Baseball Golden Sox N/A
Softball pictogram.svg Softball N/A Softbelles
Judo pictogram.svg Judo Golden Judokas Lady Judokas
Taekwondo pictogram.svg Taekwondo Tiger Jins Lady Jins
Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing Tiger Fencers Lady Fencers
Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming Tiger Sharks Lady Tiger Sharks
Athletics pictogram.svg Track and Field Tiger Tracksters Lady Tracksters
Badminton pictogram.svg Badminton Golden Shuttlers Lady Shuttlers
Tennis pictogram.svg Tennis Tiger Tennisters Lady Tennisters
Table tennis pictogram.svg Table Tennis Tiger Paddlers Lady Paddlers
Chess pictogram.png Chess Tiger Woodpushers Lady Woodpushers

Basketball[edit]

UST with 40 championships has the most number of basketball titles in the UAAP. The men's basketball team is tied with the UE Red Warriors for the number of championships won as both schools have 18 titles. The Growling Tigers won one NCAA championship in 1930.

The Tiger Cubs and the Tigresses also have successful basketball programs. The former met the Ateneo Blue Eaglets 11 times since 1986 in the Finals. While the Tigresses have won the most number of women's championships at 11. The latest coming in 2006 (Season 69), at the expense of the FEU Lady Tamaraws.

In season 57 (1994), the men's, women's and juniors' teams won the UAAP basketball championship in their respective division. This was the only time that a triple-championship feat has happened in UAAP history. In Seasons 58 (1995) and 69 (2006), UST won double championships. Both the men's and women's teams captured the basketball championships in their respective division.

Championships[edit]

Defeated championship opponents in basketball:

Volleyball[edit]

In UAAP Volleyball, the Tiger Spikers have 17 championships. The Tigresses have 14 UAAP Volleyball crowns. The Lady Tiger Cubs has 5 UAAP Junior Volleyball titles. Both the Tiger Spikers and Lady Tiger Cubs recently achieved a three-peat championship winning the 70th, 71st, and 72nd UAAP Seasons. The Tigresses also won the championship in Season 72. The Tiger Cubs has yet to win their first UAAP crown.

Team rosters[edit]

Notable players[edit]

1. Maika Angela Ortiz (Middle Attacker) - UAAP season 74 Best Attacker; Season 10 Shakey's V-League 1st Çonference Best Blocker.
2. Judy Caballejo (Open/Opposite Hitter) - UAAP season 74 beach volley Finals MVP; Season 9 Shakey's V-League 1st Conference Best Server.

Season-by-season records[edit]

Football[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of As of UAAP Season 76 [3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Daniel Hicban
2 Ronald Batisla-Ong
3 Efren Menares
4 Patrick O'Neill
5 Darryl Regala
6 Nicanor Palacio
7 Steven Anotado
8 Karl Bronda
9 Marvin Bricenio
10 Jean Clarino
No. Position Player
11 Jogi Celiz
14 Kenedy Venida
17 Kenneth Tuzon
18 Darwin Busmion
19 Fidel Kue
21 Jopridale Molino
23 Albert Llevares
26 Jolem Feril
27 Shirmar Felongco
28 Dionisio Busmion

Season-by-season records[edit]

Men's rankings from 1988:

Baseball[edit]

The UST Golden Sox is one of the top baseball teams in the UAAP, having won two (2005 and 2007) of their last four titles in straight finals appearances. They have one of the top pitchers in the country in Jonjon Robles, who won the UAAP MVP twice after leading them to the title.[4] He is also a multi-awardee of the Best Pitcher Award.[5]

UST currently plays in the Baseball Philippines under the name Makati Mariners squad. They reached the finals of the tournament's pilot series.[6][7]

Cheerdance[edit]

The official Pep Squad and Drumline, the UST Yellow Jackets, and the official dance troupe, the Salinggawi Dance Troupe have won the UAAP Cheerdance Competition a league-leading eight times and holds the record for the longest championship run for five consecutive years (2002 to 2006). Their closest rival is the UP Pep Squad, which has been a consistent runner-up until 2007 when they snatched the title by a very thin margin from the Salinggawi Dance Troupe, which finished second.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saynes, Josiah Darren. "UST’s overall UAAP championship streak snapped". TomasinoWeb. University of Santo Tomas. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Evite, D.J.B. "'Mommy Tiger' bids goodbye". The Varsitarian. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  3. ^ UAAP Season 76. "UST Growling Tigers Football Roster". 
  4. ^ Fielding error relegates Golden Sox to second. Retrieved January 16, 2011.
  5. ^ Previous champs fight for Series 7 supremacy. Retrieved January 16, 2011.
  6. ^ Baseball Philippines: Robles debuts in Sharks game vs Dolphins. Retrieved January 16, 2011.
  7. ^ Manila bags Baseball Philippines Series VI crown. Retrieved January 16, 2011.
  8. ^ UP Pep Squad is 2007 UAAP cheerdance champion. Retrieved January 17, 2011.