University Athletic Association of the Philippines
|Current season or competition:
UAAP Season 75
Official Seal of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP)
|President||Fr. Maximino D. Rendon, C.M.
|No. of teams||8|
UST Tiger Cubs (15 titles)
|Related competitions||National Collegiate Athletic Association|
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.
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. The other three universities (Adamson, MCU 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.
- IBC Channel 13 (1984-1988)
- ETC-9 (1989-1994)
- PTV (1995-1999)
- ABS-CBN Sports on (Studio 23) (2000-present)
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 (gold and green), and National University (gold and blue) 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 
Following is a list of those universities with their team designations.
|University Athletic Association of the Philippines current member schools|
||Adamson University||1932 as Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry||Soaring Falcons||Lady Falcons||Baby Falcons||Lady Baby Falcons[m 1]||Private/Congregation of the Mission||1952–53,
||Ateneo de Manila University||1859 as Escuela Municipal de Manila||Blue Eagles||Lady Eagles||Blue Eaglets||(no girls teams)||Private/Society of Jesus||1978–present||9,465|
||De La Salle University||1911 as De La Salle College||Green Archers||Lady Archers||Junior Archers||Lady Junior Archers||Private/De La Salle Brothers||1986–present||16,628|
|De La Salle-Santiago Zobel School||N/A|
||Far Eastern University||1928 as Institute of Accountancy||Tamaraws||Lady Tamaraws||Baby Tamaraws||(no girls teams)||Private/Non-sectarian||1938–present||28,285|
|Far Eastern University – Diliman||2005–present[m 2]||N/A|
||National University||1900 as Colegio Filipino||Bulldogs||Lady Bulldogs||Bullpups||Lady Bullpups[m 1]||Private/Non-sectarian||1938–present||1,382|
||University of the East||1946 as Philippine College of Commerce and Business Administration||Red Warriors||Lady Warriors||Junior Warriors||Lady Junior Warriors||Private/Non-sectarian||1952–present||25,196|
||University of the Philippines||1908||Fighting Maroons||Lady Maroons||Junior Maroons||Lady Junior Maroons||Public/National||1938–present||21,788|
|University of the Philippines Integrated School||1976–present||N/A|
||University of Santo Tomas||1611 as Colegio de Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario||Growling Tigers||Tigresses||Tiger Cubs||Lady Tiger Cubs||Private/Order of Preachers||1938–present||41,653|
|University of Santo Tomas High School|
- Currently not participating
- 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 
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: for both Boys' and Girls' (volleyball and swimming) and for Boys' only (football, baseball, chess, judo, taekwondo, table tennis, track and field, and swimming).
As of now, only four of the eight member universities participate in all sports, namely the Ateneo de Manila University, the De La Salle University, the University of the Philippines, and the University of Santo Tomas.
1st semester sports (July–October) 
- Basketball - July (Mall of Asia Arena, Smart Araneta Coliseum)
- Badminton - August (Rizal Memorial Sports Complex Badminton Hall)
- Beach Volleyball - August (UE Parade Grounds, University of the East Caloocan)
- Judo - September (The Arena in San Juan)
- Taekwondo - September (The Arena in San Juan)
- Table Tennis - September (Blue Eagle Gym, Ateneo de Manila University)
- Swimming - September (Trace Aquatics Centre, Los Baños, Laguna)
- Cheerdance - September (Mall of Asia Arena)
2nd semester sports (December–March) 
- Volleyball - December (Filoil Flying V Arena)
- Football - December (Moro Lorenzo Field and Ed Ocampo Field, Ateneo de Manila University)
- Softball - December (Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium)
- Track and Field - December (Rizal Memorial Track and Football Stadium)
- Fencing - December (Blue Eagle Gym, Ateneo de Manila University)
- Baseball - January (Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium)
- Tennis - January (Rizal Memorial Tennis Center)
- Chess - January (Tan Yan Kee Student Center, University of Santo Tomas)
Ateneo–La Salle rivalry 
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.
UP–UST cheerdance rivalry 
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.
La Salle–UST rivalry 
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. 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 
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).
UAAP championships 
See also 
- Population of Philippine Schools. May not be up-to-date and accurate.
- "History". About AdU. Adamson University. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
- "History". About Us. Ateneo de Manila University. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
- "Overview". Facts & Figures. De La Salle University. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
- "The FEU Story". About FEU. Far Eastern University. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
- "Brief History". About National U. National University. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
- "A Brief History of the University of the East". About the University. University of the East. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
- "About UP". About UP. University of the Philippines. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
- "History". About UST. University of Santo Tomas. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
- Bartholomew, Rafael (September 23, 2007). "A Nation's Passion Lives in a Rivalry of Green vs. Blue". New York Times. Retrieved September 2008.
- Flores, Karen (September 16, 2010). "'UP-UST friendship' emerges after cheerdance competition". ABS-CBN abs-cbnnews.com. Retrieved July 16, 2011.
- "La Salle, UST duel for volleyball title". Manila Bulletin (findarticles.com). February 21, 2010. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
- Mendoza, Shielo. "FEU Tamaraws". College Hoops. Yahoo Southeat Asia. Retrieved September 20, 2011.
- Official website
- UAAP basketball on inboundpass
- UBelt – Philippine collegiate sports site
- UAAP Volleyball on Spikeithard.com
- UAAP Retweet! on uaap.net
Team Support Sites 
- Fabilioh.com Ateneo UAAP Events Photo Gallery
- ProudToBeAdamsonian – Adamson University Soaring Falcons Support Site
- GoAteneo.com – Ateneo Blue Eagles Official Athletics Office Site
- Go Archers – De La Salle Green Archers Support Site
- Archer Pride – De La Salle Green Archers Support Site
- Tamaraw Bayan – Far Eastern University Tamaraws Support Site
- UE Red Tribe – Official UE Red Tribe Organization Forum
- UPFightingMaroons.com – University of the Philippines Support Site
- OneForUST – University of Santo Tomas Support Site
- UAAP Retweet! – UAAP Retweet! fans and supporters of University Athletic Association of the Philippines