University Athletic Association of the Philippines

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University Athletic Association
of the Philippines
Current season, competition or edition:
UAAP Season 77
Logo of University Athletic Association of the Philippines.svg
Founded 1938
President Ms. Carmelita Mateo
(University of the East)
No. of teams 8
Country  Philippines
Venue(s) Metro Manila
Most titles

Seniors' division:
UST school colors UST Growling Tigers (39 titles)

Juniors' division:
UST school colors UST Tiger Cubs (15 titles)
Related competitions National Collegiate Athletic Association
Official website uaapsports.studio23.tv

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), established in 1938, is a sports association of eight universities in the Philippines. Each year, teams from these universities play in 15 sports.

History[edit]

In 1924 seeing the need to regulate collegiate sports and set general athletic policies, Dr. Regino Ylanan (the University of the Philippines Physical Education Director) met with representatives of Ateneo de Manila (Jesuit fathers John Hurley, S.J. and Henry A. McCullough, S.J.), De La Salle College, San Beda College, National University, University of Manila, University of Santo Tomas, and Institute of Accounts (now Far Eastern University) to discuss possibilities of forming an athletic organization, which eventually became the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

In 1930, the University of the Philippines sponsored an experimental meet of the "Big 3" of the league (NU, UP, UST) on basketball, football, baseball, volleyball, swimming, track and field, relays, and tennis.

The following year (1931), the NCAA Board of Directors divided the meet into three divisions to put competition on a fairer basis and to stimulate athletics among a greater number.

In March 1932, NU, UP, and UST formally seceded from the NCAA. Led by UP's Candido C. Bartolome, NU's Leon Tirol and UST's Fr. Silvestre Sancho, the move was made to put competitions on equal footing, to increase amateur athletic competitions and to separate the universities from the college members of the league. On April 6, the "Big 3 League" is born. On August 14, the "Big 3" Association is inaugurated with a meet that starts with basketball. Other events were swimming, baseball, relays, track and field, volleyball, tennis and soccer.

In 1935, UP did not participate in the "Big 3 League" because of mass intramurals at the state university. NU and UST held the meet with FEU (formerly Institute of Accounts) taking UP's place.

In 1938, the University of the Philippines Alumni Association and the Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation (PAAF), then the highest sports body in the country, encouraged the original "Big 3 League" and FEU to form a permanent sports association—the University Athletic Association of the Philippines. Events included were basketball, women's volleyball, baseball, football, swimming and track and field. UP bagged three titles (volleyball, baseball, track and field). UST was tops in football and swimming and FEU triumphed in basketball.

In 1941, the outbreak of World War II hindered the staging of the 1941–1942 UAAP with UST failing to complete its term. UAAP competition was not held from 1942 to 1946 due to the Japanese occupation of the country which resulted in the closure of educational institutions. The UAAP competition resumed in 1947.

In 1952, Adamson University, Manila Central University, University of the East, and University of Manila were granted two-year probationary membership to the UAAP. After the two-year probationary period, UE was permanently accepted into the league in 1954. MCU remained until they pulled-out in 1962. The other two universities (Adamson and UM) were dropped from the UAAP due to their inability to comply with the UAAP requirements.

In 1970, Adamson University reapplied for admission to the league with a two-year probationary period and in 1974, Adamson successfully hosted the 1974–1975 athletic season paving the way for its permanent membership into the league.

In 1978, the UAAP admitted Ateneo de Manila University into the league while De La Salle University joined in 1986.

Seal[edit]

The UAAP seal features the university colors of the eight member-schools of the league in a circular formation. It also bears the year when the league was established, 1938, in the center.

The seal changes every season where the university colors of the season host is placed on the very top. Nonetheless, the arrangement of the colors never changes.

The colors of University of the Philippines (green and maroon), University of Santo Tomas (gold and white), Far Eastern University (green and gold), and National University (blue and gold) come first, clockwise. These are followed by the colors of Ateneo de Manila University (blue and white), De La Salle University (green and white), Adamson University (blue and white), and University of the East (red and white).

Member schools[edit]

Following is a list of those universities with their team designations.

Notes:

  1. ^ The defunct FEU Boys High School and FEU Girls High School represented FEU in the Juniors division before 2005. The two high schools were established in 1933.

Membership timeline[edit]

De La Salle University Ateneo de Manila University University of Manila University of the East Manila Central University Adamson University University of Santo Tomas University of the Philippines National University (Philippines) Far Eastern University

Sports[edit]

University Athletic Association of the Philippines is located in Metro Manila
Adamson
Adamson
Ateneo
Ateneo
La Salle
La Salle
FEU
FEU
NU
NU
UE
UE
UP
UP
UST
UST
FEU Diliman
FEU Diliman
DLSZ
DLSZ
Smart Araneta Coliseum
Smart Araneta Coliseum
Filoil Flying V Arena
Filoil Flying V Arena
Philsports Complex
Philsports Complex
Rizal Sports Complex
Rizal Sports Complex
Mall of Asia Arena
Mall of Asia Arena
Locations of UAAP schools within Metro Manila

Member universities compete in 15 sports. Basketball, being the most popular sport in the Philippines, is the most watched and most supported among all the sports.

All of these sports have Men's and Women's divisions, with the exception of baseball, in which only men participate, and softball, which is for women only. The following sports have a Juniors division, in which the associated high schools of the universities participate: volleyball, swimming, and fencing have Boys' and Girls' divisions and basketball, football, baseball,table tennis, chess, track and field have a Boys' division only.

Goal: Full participation[edit]

As of now, only four of the eight member universities participate in all 15 sports, namely the Ateneo de Manila University, the De La Salle University, the University of the Philippines, and the University of Santo Tomas.

During a UAAP Board meeting in Season 76 (2013-14), a proposal was made to add golf and gymnastics to the league's sporting events. This was turned down by the Board and instead a resolution was passed encouraging its member-schools to participate in all of the league’s events, a goal the organization would like to achieve in the near future.

As of Season 76 (2013-14), only five sports in the seniors division have a complete roster from the eight member schools. These sports are men’s and women’s basketball, indoor and beach volleyball, badminton and chess. In the juniors, only basketball and chess have full participation.

Perennial overall champions UST and De La Salle, as well as UP, have teams in all events, thus giving them an advantage for the general championship.

Swimming has no participants from FEU and NU in both the men’s and women’s divisions. NU, which has undergone the biggest buildup particularly in basketball, volleyball and tennis, have yet to take part in judo (men and women), football (women), fencing (women) and athletics (men and women).

In taekwondo, Adamson is not maintaining a men’s and women’s team; and FEU and UE, a poomsae squad. FEU also does not have a team in judo.

Football, which has gained popularity, also is incomplete. Adamson does not have a women’s team and UE and FEU a women’s squad. And so is lawn tennis. There are no Adamson and FEU teams in the men’s and no UE, Adamson and FEU in the women’s.

Fencing has been missing FEU and Adamson in the men’s, and FEU, Adamson and NU in the women’s. Softball has seven teams, sans FEU and baseball, six without FEU and UE.

With that goal, the UAAP would continue to defer action on the inclusion of other sports until full participation on the present sports is achieved in order to make the league more competitive, especially in the race for the general championship.

Sports calendar[edit]

1st semester sports (July–October)[edit]

2nd semester sports (November–March)[edit]

Rivalries[edit]

Ateneo–La Salle rivalry[edit]

School colors of
Ateneo and La Salle

The rivalry between Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University has resulted in sold-out games that attract several public figures in attendance, including politicians, movie stars, and foreign diplomats. It is also the foremost school rivalry in the UAAP since La Salle joined the UAAP from the NCAA in 1986. However, the rivalry dates back to the time when both schools were playing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association from 1924 until the late 1977.[10]

UP–UST cheerdance rivalry[edit]

School colors of
UP and UST

The cheerdance rivalry between University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas has been one of the most talked about rivalries in UAAP history. Since the inception of the cheerdance, UP and UST have had the best winning records, and one is usually just a runner up to the other. Both schools' pep squads are famous for their stunts and high-energy performances. UST has won 8 cheerdance titles which included 5 straight victories from 2002 to 2006, while UP has won 8 cheerdance titles including 5 of the last 6 cheerdance competitions since 2007. Since 2010, the rivalry turned into a friendly one as both UP and UST supporters cheered their school cheers during the announcement of winners.[11]

La Salle–UST rivalry[edit]

School colors of
La Salle and UST

Both were known for their numerous basketball championship matches in the 1990s, with UST winning four straight titles at the expense of the Green Archers. In 1999, La Salle defeated the Growling Tigers to win the basketball crown. Their basketball rivalry diminished in latter years due to UST's decline but became a celebrated rivalry in women's volleyball, as the Lady Archers and the Tigresses met three times in the championship of the Shakey's V-League tournament with UST having 5 championships and La Salle having 3 under their belt.[12] The rivalry was carried over to the UAAP. The DLSU Lady Spikers and the UST Tigresses met in the finals for two consecutive seasons—Season 72 and Season 73. Their basketball rivalry was renewed when Jeron Teng joined the Archers facing his older brother Jeric of the Tigers.

FEU–UE rivalry[edit]

School colors of
FEU and UE
Main article: Battle of the East

The rivalry between Far Eastern University and University of the East started in the 1950s. Tagged as the "Battle of the East", these two schools, along with UST, have the winningest basketball squads in the league (FEU having won 19 basketball championships while UE having won 18 titles).[13]

UAAP championships[edit]

Media[edit]

Sponsorship[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Population of Philippine Schools. May not be up-to-date and accurate.
  2. ^ "History". About AdU. Adamson University. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ "History". About Us. Ateneo de Manila University. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Overview". Facts & Figures. De La Salle University. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ "The FEU Story". About FEU. Far Eastern University. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Brief History". About National U. National University. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ "A Brief History of the University of the East". About the University. University of the East. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ "About UP". About UP. University of the Philippines. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  9. ^ "History". About UST. University of Santo Tomas. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  10. ^ Bartholomew, Rafael (September 23, 2007). "A Nation's Passion Lives in a Rivalry of Green vs. Blue". New York Times. Retrieved September 2008. 
  11. ^ Flores, Karen (September 16, 2010). "'UP-UST friendship' emerges after cheerdance competition". ABS-CBN abs-cbnnews.com. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  12. ^ "La Salle, UST duel for volleyball title". Manila Bulletin (findarticles.com). February 21, 2010. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  13. ^ Mendoza, Shielo. "FEU Tamaraws". College Hoops. Yahoo Southeast Asia. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Team Support Sites[edit]