Arellano Chiefs

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Arellano Chiefs
Arellano University
AU Chiefs Season 91 logo.png
League NCAA
Joined NAASCU: 2001-02
NCRAA: 2005-09
NCAA: 2009-present
Location Manila, Philippines
Team colors Blue, Red and Gray
Women's team Lady Chiefs
Juniors' team Braves
Seniors' general championships
Juniors' general championships

The Arellano University Chiefs is the athletic team of Arellano University. It is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA). The team has several intercollegiate varsity sports teams for women and men at Arellano.


Originally as the Arellano Flaming Arrows, the team won the National Student's Championship (NSC) in the 1970s. Years later, the Chiefs entered the best-of-three finals in the men's basketball division of the NCRAA in 2006 when they were defeated by the Saint Francis of Assisi College Doves. In a repeat finals appearance in 2007, head coach Leo Isaac finally led the Chiefs to the championship with a 67–64 game three win against the EAC Generals. The Chiefs relied on their defense to stop EAC's Ronjay Buenafe, while supporters of the rival teams had to be restrained inside the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. The then Baby Chiefs also defeated the Olivarez College juniors team in their own title series to ensure both NCRAA basketball titles would go to their Juan Sumulong Campus.[1]

In 2008, the Chiefs reigned anew against 2006 tormentor St. Francis in two games.,[2] while the Baby Chiefs also swept the Dovelets in juniors' competition to keep both basketball trophies.[3] The Chiefs' NCRAA championship caused their qualification to the 2008 Philippine Collegiate Championship for basketball. In the PCC, they defeated UCN Golden Dragons in the first round, but they were eliminated in the quarterfinals by three-peat NCAA champions San Beda Red Lions.

The Chiefs were able to qualify anew for the 2009 NCRAA finals, but they were defeated by upstarts Universal College Golden Dragons in overtime to deny the Chiefs of a third consecutive championship, while the Baby Chiefs were luckier as they defeated the Rizal Technological University Baby Thunders to clinch their third consecutive championship.[4]

The Chiefs are also the reigning three-time Fr. Martin's Cup champions, their last championship coming in 2009 against Philippine Merchant Marine School.[5]

With the departure of Philippine Christian University (PCU) Dolphins after exposure of several juniors' players enrolling with forged documents, the NCAA originally opened its doors for new members, and Arellano was one of the schools that lodged their application.[6] Arellano was named as one of the frontrunners,[7] but the NCAA Policy Board fail to garner enough number of votes to admit a new member which closed the doors for new members for their 2009–10 season.[8]

However, the NCAA invited "guest teams" instead, and Arellano, along with the AUF Great Danes and fellow NCRAA member EAC Generals were accepted as guest teams for the 2009–10 season, where they are also eligible to win championships.[9]

The Chiefs finished their 2009 campaigned fifth, the best among the guest teams, with an 8–10 record.[10] At the end of the tournament, Giorgio Ciriacruz was named as part of the Mythical Five (all-NCAA team), the only player from a guest team to be named in the five-member roster.[11]

On the Season 87 of NCAA, Isiah Ciriacruz won't play for the season due to a sustained injury and Adrian Celada was named as Team Captain.[12]


Arellano Chiefs NCAA Season 91 Roster[edit]

Arellano Chiefs roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight Playing yr. High School
G 4 Philippines Capara, Godofredo Jr. M. 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
3rd Arellano HS
G 5 Philippines Meca, Brylle Ivan M. 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
2nd USPF
PG 6 Philippines Jalalon, Jiovani N. 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
G 7 Philippines Nicholls, Zachary James C. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
4th South Delta Senior Secondary School
F/C 8 Philippines Bangga, Nichole John B.  (C) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
4th Agro Industrial Foundation
C 9 Cameroon Ongolo-Ongolo, Elie 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
F/C 10 United States Holts, Dioncee M. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
3rd Phineas Banning High School
PG 11 Philippines Gumaru, Donald G. 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
3rd Arellano HS
F 13 Philippines Enriquez, Allen S. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
4th Saint Catherine's Academy
G 14 Philippines Ortega, David E. 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
F 15 Philippines de Guzman, Adrian Charles B. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
2nd Arellano HS
PG 16 Philippines Salado, Michael Kent A. 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
PF 17 Philippines Cadavis, Julius Salvador T. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
4th SHS-Ateneo De Cebu
G 18 Philippines Zamora, John Kenneth M. 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m)
Rookie Arellano HS
F/C 19 Philippines Tano, Ranimark V. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
3rd Ferndale International School
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

The Braves Basketball Team Roster[edit]

No. Name Position Height Playing Year HS Year Grade School
8 Adrian Karl L. Reyes
16 Renz Lester H. Munsayac
22 Melvin Bayot G. Chua
26 John Joseph P. Facundo

Juan Miguel E. Gula
Maiko Ellis P. Juico
Tristan Neil A. Paradela
Steven John F. Paulo
John Joseph G. Peralta
Hermilo M. Rabusa Jr.
Roosevelt College



  • Captain sports.svg - team captain


Chiefs and Baby Chiefs





Track and Field[edit]


  1. ^ "Arellano Chiefs clinch NCRAA crown". The Manila Times. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Chiefs beat Doves 61-60 to bag NCRAA caging title". GMA News and Public Affairs. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  3. ^ NCRAA: Arellano Baby Chiefs keep junior caging title,
  4. ^ NCRAA: Universal College dethrones champ Arellano,
  5. ^ NCAA-bound Arellano stamps class in Fr. Martin caging,
  6. ^ "NCAA to announce new team before year ends". 16 October 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  7. ^ Atencio, Peter (2 January 2009). "NCAA prunes down choices to 3". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  8. ^ "NCAA suspends admission of new members for 2009". 3 February 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2009. 
  9. ^ Legaspi, Perry (3 June 2009). "Guest teams given chance to vie for NCAA titles". Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  10. ^ "Mendoza's MVP-like performance lifts Generals to triumph". 5 October 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "Carpet bombing: JRU gunners sweep NCAA MVP awards". 20 October 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  12. ^ "Arellano Chiefs Beat JRU Heavy Bombers in NCAA Season 87 Basketball Game". 6 July 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Tough field in both Shakey’s V-League collegiate tourneys - Philippine Daily Inquirer". 
  14. ^ "Spikers’ Turf volleyball lifts covers off collegiate tourney - Philippine Daily Inquirer".