San Beda Red Lions

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San Beda Red Lions
San Beda College
San Beda Red Lions Season 91 logo.png
League NCAA and WNCAA
Joined 1924–83, 1986–present
Location Mendiola St., Manila (Srs.)
Taytay, Rizal (Jrs.)
Team colors Red      and      White
Fight song Indian Yell
Women's team Red Lionesses
Juniors' team Red Cubs
Seniors' general championships
  • NCAA: 6
    (2010–11, 2011–2012, 2012–2013, 2014–2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017)
Juniors' general championships
  • NCAA: 15
    (1982–83, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016-17)
Logo used from 1989 to 2010.

The San Beda Red Lions is the collegiate varsity basketball team of San Beda College that plays in the NCAA. The juniors basketball team is called the Red Cubs of San Beda College-Rizal, 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 Ventoza 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 time 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]


NCAA Season 93 Men's Basketball Roster[edit]

2017 San Beda Red Lions roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight Playing yr. High School
C 4 Philippines Abuda, Franz 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 158.73 lb (72 kg) 1st La Salle Greenhills
SG 6 Philippines Soberano, Amiel Cris R. 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 179.67 lb (81 kg) 3rd Tarlac State
SG 7 Philippines Oftana, Calvin John R. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 176.36 lb (80 kg) 2nd Carmel High School
PG 8 Philippines Bolick Jr., Robert Lee E. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 178.57 lb (81 kg) 2nd La Salle Greenhills
SF 9 Philippines Mocon, Javee D. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 196.21 lb (89 kg) 4th San Beda College-Rizal
C 10 Cameroon Tankoua, Pierre Donald  Injured 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220.68 lb (100 kg) 3rd Lycee Belingwe
PF 17 Philippines Carino, Kemark 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 216.05 lb (98 kg) 1 San Beda College-Rizal
SF 13 Philippines Presbitero, Jose Mari Y.  (C) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 171.96 lb (78 kg) 3rd Ateneo de Davao HS
PG 15 Philippines Tongco, Ranbill Angelo V. 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 157.63 lb (71 kg) 4th San Beda College-Rizal
SG 16 United States Potts, Davon Anthony B. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 181.88 lb (82 kg) 2nd Gabe High School, California, USA
SF 12 Philippines Bahio, John Brylle 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 178.57 lb (81 kg) 1st University of southern Philippines Foundation
C 18 Philippines Adamos, Benedict C. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 192.90 lb (87 kg) 2nd Zamora Memorial College
PF 19 Cameroon Noah, Arnaud Germain N. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 198.41 lb (90 kg) 2nd HSAB
PG 5 Philippines Cabanag, Jeramer 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 192.90 lb (87 kg) 3rd San Beda College-Rizal
SF 11 Philippines Doliguez, Clint 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 187 lb (85 kg) 5th Hope Christian High School
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Team Depth Chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Donald Tankoua Ben Adamos Franz Abuda
PF Javee Mocon Arnaud Noah Kemark Carino
SF Clint Doliguez Jomari Presbitero JB Bahio
SG Davon Potts AC Soberano Calvin Oftana
PG Robert Bolick Ranbill Tongco Jeramer Cabanag

NCAA Season 93 Juniors' Basketball Roster[edit]

2017 San Beda Red Cubs roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight Playing yr. High School
3 Philippines Obenza, Ain Carlo B.
SF 4 Philippines Barbero, Raphael Lian P. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Grade 10 Pasig Catholic College
PF 5 Philippines Tagala, Joshua Gavril R. 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Grade 10 San Beda College-Rizal
PF 6 Philippines Velasquez Jr., Eduardo 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Grade 10 Don Bosco Pampanga
G 7 Philippines Nayve, Robi Jullian D. 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Grade 10 Assumption College of Davao
9 Philippines Etrata, Prince Alexis
PG 10 Philippines Nelle, Evan Heinrich Nickolai 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Grade 10 De La Salle Zobel
SG 11 Philippines De La Rosa, Ry Aljer D. 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Grade 10
C 12 Philippines Mahinay, Germy A. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Grade 10
SG 15 Philippines Alfaro III, Pedro A. 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
Grade 10 Ateneo de Manila University
C 16 Philippines Abu Hijle, Samuel F. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Grade 10 Brent International School Laguna
C 17 Philippines Sese, Luke Irvin V. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Grade 10 San Beda College-Rizal
PG 2 Philippines Oliva, III, Arturo S. 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Saint Bridget College, Batangas City
SG 19 Philippines Lagumen, John Mark M. 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Grade 10 Philippine Chen Kuang High School
24 Philippines Garcia, Sean Lenard
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured


Notable players[edit]

Red Lions[edit]

Carlos Loyzaga, considered to be the best San Beda Red Lion of all time.
  • BASER AMER Filipino professional basketball player for the Meralco Bolts of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). He plays both the point guard and shooting guard positions. He earned the moniker, The Hammer during his collegiate stint, During his playing career with the San Beda Red Cubs, was a two-time NCAA Juniors' Basketball champion and was named 2009 NCAA Juniors' Rookie of the Year and 2010 NCAA Juniors' Finals Most Valuable Player. During his playing career with the Red Lions, he was a four-time NCAA Seniors' Basketball champion, and won the 2012 NCAA Finals Most Valuable Player award.

4× NCAA Philippines champion (2011–2014) NCAA Philippines Finals MVP (2012) 2× PCCL champion (2014, 2015[n 1]) PCCL Mythical Five (2014) 3x Father Martin Cup champion (2011 Division 2, 2011-12 Open, 2012-13 Open) Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup champion (2015)

  • GARVO LANETE Lanete studied and played with San Beda Red Lions from 2007 to 2012. He led the Red Lions when they won 4 out of 5 championships. He played his last game with the Red Lions in their 57–55 win over the San Sebastian Stags

4× NCAA Philippines champion (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011)

  • BORGIE HERMIDA During his five seasons in college with the San Beda Red Lions, he won 4 titles from 2006 to 2008 and 2010. He has won 4 titles with the San Beda Red Lions 2006-2008 and 2010, and as a Mythical Five Member of NCAA Season 86 Before graduating from San Beda after 16 years of service to the school.

4× NCAA Philippines champion (2006–2008, 2010)

  • DAVE MARCELO Marcelo studied and played for the San Beda Red Lions from 2007 from 2011 together graduated with Garvo Lanete and Mar Villahermosa. The Red Lions won 4 out of 5 championships with them. He was well known for his inside scoring and rebounding. On his last year with the Red Lions, they faced the JRU Heavy Bombers in the semifinals after beating San Sebastian Stags in the top-seed playoff. They won over the Heavy Bombers, 83–74, to advance to the Finals then the Stags won over the Letran Knights in the second game of their semifinals, 63–56. The Part III of the Red Lions–Stags rivalry started when the Red Lions won 75–63 in Game One. In Game Two of the Finals, there was a hard-fought battle when they outscored the Stags in the low-scoring fourth quarter, 9–5, as Pascual missed a three-point field goal that could have won over the Red Lions as the Red Lions won, 57–55, to get their 16th championship, tying Letran.

4× NCAA Philippines champion (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011) NCAA Philippines Finals MVP (2011) NCAA Philippines Rookie of the Year (2007)

Red Cubs[edit]

Benjie Paras, considered to be one of the best San Beda Red Cub of all time.

Retired Number[edit]

San Beda Red Lions retired numbers
No. Player Position Ceremony Date
14 Carlos Loyzaga Center June 25, 2016


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.


NCAA Season 91 Junior Boys' Volleyball Roster[edit]

# Name
1.) Juan Carlos Cuevas
3.) Evander Matthew Colong
4.) Aron Jester Santos
5.) Jansel Jonathan Galolo
6.) Nico Dizon
7.) Mark Reinel Villamor
8.) Juan Manuel Ilagan
10.) Francis Miguel Palma
12.) Jim Philip Velarde
13.) Frentzen Vendollo
14.) Lorenzo Macaso
18.) Kristan Panagao

Coach: Nemesio Gavino

NCAA Season 91 Men's Volleyball Roster[edit]

# Name
1.) Alfie Mascariñas
5.) Yeshua Felix Manliclic
6.) Limuel Patenio
7.) Rodel Casin
8.) Bryan James Gonzales
9.) Ferdinand Ulibas
10.) Warren Vincent Beltran
11.) Gerald Jasper Zamora
12.) Jim Philip Velarde
14.) Earl Kenneth Gonzales
15.) Mark Christian Enciso
16.) John Carlo Desuyo
17.) Gerald Zabala
18.) Adrian Viray

Coach: Jose Roque

NCAA Season 91 Women's Volleyball Roster[edit]

Source:Lalaine [25]

# Name
1.) Rebecca Anjanette Cuevas
2.) Brandy Gayle Kramer
5.) Daryl Sigrid Racraquin
6.) Deborah Anne Zamudio
7.) Noheli Cerdenas
8.) Buno
9.) Maria Nieza Viray
10.) Sattriani Espiritu
11.) Iris George Domingo
12.) Nicole Diana Laguna
13.) Paras
14.) Daisy Marie Manuel
15.) Pham Garcia
16.) Maria Jeziela Viray
17.) Baluarte

Coach: Nemesio Gavino
Assistant Coach: Aiza Maizo-Pontillas/Chie Saet

NCAA Season 91 Beach Volleyball Roster[edit]


  • Rebecca Anjanette Cuevas
  • Maria Jeziela Viray
  • Maria Nieza Viray


  • Rodel Casin
  • Mark Christian Enciso
  • Alfie Mascariñas


  • Lance Andrei de Castro
  • Franz Nico Dizon
  • Juwan Miguel Ilagan

Notable players[edit]


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.

Soft tennis[edit]

The San Beda's women's soft tennis team, headed by team captain Alyana Victoria and head coach Jovy Mamawal, won two consecutive titles in the NCAA soft tennis event in Seasons 90 and 91. Aside from their championships, The Red Lionesses represented the country in the University Soft Tennis Championships in 2015 held at South Korea.[26]

See also[edit]


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  20. ^ "Union Of the Crowns". Wikipedia Website. Online. Internet. Accessed 24 May 2007 Union of the Crowns
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  24. ^ Huhndorf, S. Going Native: Indians in the American Cultural Imagination. Itacha: Cornell University Press, 2001.GOING NATIVE Archived February 14, 2011, at WebCite
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  26. ^ Ramos, Ryan (March 2, 2016). "Featured Team: San Beda College Women's Soft Tennis Team". Sports37 (in Tagalog). UNTV Life. Retrieved March 4, 2016. 

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