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UST Growling Tigers
University of Santo Tomas
UST Growling Tigers Logo.png
League UAAP
Joined 1938
(NCAA founding member-1924)
Location España Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
Team colors Gold, white, and black
              
Women's team Tigresses
Juniors' team Tiger Cubs
Seniors' general championships
Juniors' general championships

Website www.usttigers.com
Former Logo used from 1992 to 2013.

The UST Growling Tigers is the varsity team of the University of Santo Tomas that plays in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines. Formerly called the Glowing Goldies, the name has been changed starting with the 1992–93 season.

The University of Santo Tomas holds the most number of UAAP Overall Championships with 59 titles (41 Seniors' Division Overall Championships in the 70 seasons that the title was awarded and 18 Juniors' Division Overall Championships out of 22 seasons).[1]

The university has an excellent 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[citation needed] 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 boys' 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 in 1962 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 team names[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 Boys' team Girls' team
Basketball pictogram.svg Basketball Growling Tigers Growling Tigresses Tiger Cubs -
Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg Volleyball Tiger Spikers Golden Tigresses Junior Tiger Spikers Junior Golden Tigresses
Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg Beach volleyball Tiger Spikers Lady Spikers - -
Football pictogram.svg Football Golden Booters Lady Booters Junior Golden Booters -
Baseball pictogram.svg Baseball Golden Sox N/A Junior Golden Sox -
Softball pictogram.svg Softball N/A Softbelles - -
Judo pictogram.svg Judo Golden Judokas Lady Judokas Junior Golden Judokas -
Taekwondo pictogram.svg Taekwondo Tiger Jins Lady Jins Junior Tiger Jins -
Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing Tiger Fencers Lady Fencers Junior Tiger Fencers Junior Lady Fencers
Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming Tiger Sharks Lady Tiger Sharks Junior Tiger Sharks Junior Lady Tiger Sharks
Athletics pictogram.svg Track and field Tiger Tracksters Lady Tracksters Junior Tiger Tracksters -
Badminton pictogram.svg Badminton Tiger Shuttlers Lady Shuttlers - -
Tennis pictogram.svg Tennis Tiger Tennisters Lady Tennisters - -
Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis Tiger Paddlers Lady Paddlers Junior Tiger Paddlers -
Chess pictogram.svg Chess Tiger Woodpushers Lady Woodpushers Junior Tiger Woodpushers -

Varsity teams[edit]

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. The Tigresses have won the most number of women's championships at 11, with 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]

Includes defeated championship opponents.

UST Tigresses Women's Basketball Team

Coaching Staff

  • Head Coach: Haydee Ong
  • Asst. Coaches:
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach: Dan Reyes

Volleyball[edit]

In UAAP Volleyball, the Tiger Spikers have 19 championships. The Tigresses have 15 UAAP Volleyball crowns. The Lady Tiger Cubs has 6 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.

UAAP Season 79 (A.Y. 2016–17) rosters[edit]

The UST Tiger Spikers Men's Volleyball Team[edit]

(2nd Spikers' Turf Collegiate Conference)

No. Name Position Height Weight Play yr. High school
1 Lester Kim Sawal Libero
2 Vyxen Vaughn Valenzuela University of Santo Tomas
3 Arnold Dv. Bautista, Jr. (Çapt.) Outside hitter
4 Jomaru C. Amagan Outside hitter Lyceum of the Philippines University
5 John Michael Millado Santa Cruz Academy
6 Melchizedek Samonte Aquinas School
7 Jayvee G. Sumagaysay Middle blocker
9 Timothy James C. Tajanlangit Setter Notre Dame Of Dadiangas University
10 Manuel Andrei M. Medina Outside Hitter Jose Rizal Institute
11 Joshua Umandal
12 Jerald David Tajanlangit Libero Notre Dame of Dadiangas University
13 Mark Jayson Pangan Outside hitter
14 Juren Jireh M. Buro
15 Isaiah Icalina
16 Tyrone Jan L. Carodan Opposite hitter
17 Justin Raymund B. Francisco
18 Jerico Jose
The UST Golden Tigresses Volleyball Team[edit]
No. Last Name First Name Position Height Weight Playing Year Highschool
2 Rivera Rica Jane B. Libero/Outside Spiker 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) 120 lbs. 4th University of San Jose - Recoletos
4 Viray Caitlyn Opposite Spiker 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) 125 lbs. 2nd National University
5 Sandoval Carla D. Outside Spiker 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) 120 lbs. 3rd Angelicum College
7 Bicar Alina Joyce R. Setter 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) 120 lbs. 3rd Leyte National High School
8 Pacres Mary Dominique P. Opposite Spiker 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 140 lbs. 3rd Mandaue City National High School
9 Laure Ennajie C. Outside Spiker 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 125 lbs. 4th University of Santo Tomas
14 Francisco Christine Dianne B. Middle Blocker 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 125 lbs. 3rd University of Santo Tomas
16 Rondina Cherry Ann Q. Outside/Opposite Spiker 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) 115 lbs. 4th Compostela National High School
17 Palec Captain sports.svg Shannen J. Middle Blocker 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 125 lbs. 4th University of Santo Tomas
18 Meneses Marivic Velaine M. Middle Blocker 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 140 lbs. 5th Mary the Queen School of Malolos

Beach volleyball[edit]

UAAP Season 78 (S.Y. 2015-16) rosters[edit]

Men's

No. Name Height Weight Play yr. High school
1 Kris Roy A. Guzman
2 Anthony Lemuel M. Arbasto, Jr. Notre Dame University - Dadiangas
3 Sean M. Mantos 5' 10" University Of San Carlos - North Campus

Women's

No. Name Height Weight Play yr. High school
1 Cherry Ann Q. Rondina 5' 5" 115 lbs. Sophomore Campostela National High School
2 Jem Nicole Gutierrez 5' 7" 125 lbs. St. Jerome's Academy

Head coach: Emil Lontoc

Records by season[edit]

Men's volleyball team starting 2005:

UAAP season Year Place Notable players Loss to (Finalist)
68 2005–06 2nd place FEU school colors Far Eastern University
69 2006–07 3rd place UP school colors University of the Philippines
70 2007–08 Champion FEU school colors Far Eastern University
71 2008–09 Champion UP school colors University of the Philippines
72 2009–10 Champion FEU school colors Far Eastern University
73 2010–11 Champion FEU school colors Far Eastern University
74 2011-12 2nd place FEU school colors Far Eastern University
75 2012-13 5th place La Salle school colors De La Salle University
76 2013–14 6th place
77 2014–15 3rd place NU school colors National University

Women's volleyball team starting 1974:

UAAP season Year Place Notable players Loss to (Finalist)
37 1974–75 Champion FEU school colors Far Eastern University
38 1975–76 Champion FEU school colors Far Eastern University
39 1976–77 Champion FEU school colors Far Eastern University
46 1984–85 Champion FEU school colors Far Eastern University
47 1985–86 Champion Marilyn de Jesus FEU school colors Far Eastern University
49 1987–88 Champion FEU school colors Far Eastern University
50 1988–89 Champion Mozzy Ravena FEU school colors Far Eastern University
52 1990–91 Champion Mozzy Ravena FEU school colors Far Eastern University
56 1993–94 Champion FEU school colors Far Eastern University
57 1994–95 2nd place FEU school colors Far Eastern University
58 1995–96 2nd place FEU school colors Far Eastern University
59 1996–97 Champion FEU school colors Far Eastern University
60 1997–98 Champion - FEU school colors Far Eastern University
61 1998–99 6th place - Eliminated
62 1999–00 2nd place - La Salle school colors De La Salle University
63 2000–01 6th place - Eliminated
64 2001–02 5th place - FEU school colors Far Eastern University
65 2002–03 3rd place - La Salle school colors De La Salle University
66 2003–04 3rd place FEU school colors Far Eastern University
67 2004–05 2nd place La Salle school colors De La Salle University
68 2005–06 4th place La Salle school colors De La Salle University
69 2006–07 Champion FEU school colors Far Eastern University
70 2007–08 3rd place FEU school colors Far Eastern University
71 2008–09 3rd place FEU school colors Far Eastern University
72 2009–10 Champion La Salle school colors De La Salle University
73 2010–11 2nd place La Salle school colors De La Salle University
74 2011–12 3rd Place Ateneo school colors Ateneo de Manila University
75 2012-13 5th place NU school colors National University
76 2013–14 6th place FEU school colors Far Eastern University
77 2014-15 5th place FEU school colors Far Eastern University
78 2015-16 6th place NU school colors National University
79 2016-17 3rd place La Salle school colors De La Salle University

Football[edit]

UAAP Season 79 (S.Y. 2016-17) rosters[edit]

The UST Golden Booters Football Team[edit]
No. Name Position Height Weight Play Yr. High school
4 Jopridale M. Molino
5 Darryl V. Regala
6 John Ian C. De Castro
9 Jayson R. Rafol
10 Marvin Jake D. Bricenio
11 A.J. S. Pasion
13 Efren B. Menares, Jr.
15 Darwin Joshua B. Busmion
17 Kenneth B. Tuzon
19 Aljireh Lan L. Fuchigami
21 Renz Paul S. Gumban
24 Jose Zaldy Y. Abraham, Jr.
26 Jolem Q. Feril
27 Dexter John L. Benecio
29 Dionisio B. Busmion, Jr.
Roger J. Caoyonan, Jr.
John Rey S. Catalino
Conrado D. Dimacali III
Jerold Louis M. Facturanan
Marc Gyman B. Rivera
Christian Bryan A. Valderama
02 Juan Rodrigo R. Villanueva

The UST Lady Booters Football Team[edit]

The Junior Golden Booters Football Team[edit]

No. Name Position Height Weight HS Gr. Grade school
2 Manjares
3 Rojim Joshua Miguel A. Catap
4 Arboleda
5 J Tuazon
6 Edrinal
7 Wee Hansei D. Meridor
8 Jiannecel Molina
9 Kinazo
10 Escobar
12 Jason A. Talosig
13 Luna
14 Emmanuel A. Robrigado
15 Jacobo
16 Jethro L. Castillo
17 Realubit
18 Sampaga
19 Jan Roumel M. Veloso
20 Del Rosario
21 Joshua Fujiyama T. Cabancal
22 Paul Moroni Tuazon Don Bosco Technical College - Mandaluyong
27 Joebert C. Alforte
29 Kent Carlo N. Magnaye

Records by season[edit]

Men's rankings since 1988:

Baseball[edit]

The UST Golden Sox is one of the top baseball teams in the UAAP. They have won two (2005 and 2007) of their last four titles in straight finals appearances.

UAAP Season 79 (SY 2016-17) Roster[edit]

The UST Golden Sox Baseball Team[edit]
No. Name Position Height Weight Play Yr. High school
3 Kirk Conrad Daquis Infielder (3B) 5th
4 Max Andrew Mercado Shortstop 5th
7 Jayrome Kimilat 5th Governor Ferrer Memorial National HS
8 Amiel Conrado Lallana Infielder (1B)
11 Jackson Acuña Pitcher
12 Elijah Vaughn Pagkaliwagan
14 Benedict Pedracio Infielder (2B)
17 Francis Marco A. Reyes Marist School Marikina
18 Alwen Nichole Calbang Outfielder (RF) San Manuel High School
19 Lesmar Ventura Governor Ferrer Memorial National HS
22 Noriel Valencia Outfielder (CF)
24 Don Jamil Santiago 5th
27 Averie Vince Villalon
28 Ron Christian Dela Cruz Pitcher
31 Kristian Mark Angeles
42 Marlon Gonzales Catcher
44 Kirk Peralta 5th
56 Mark Lester Perez
69 Jefferson Vergara
77 Ian Carlo Llave Outfielder (LF)

Softhball[edit]

Cheerdance[edit]

The official Pep Squad and Drumline, the UST Yellow Jackets, and the official dance troupe, the UST 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.[3]

Judo[edit]

The UST Lady Judokas team, headed by Head Coach Gerald Arce is the defending champion of the UAAP Women's Judo competition. The Lady Judokas won five titles for the past 6 seasons, having first won in Seasons 73, 74, and 75. After they suffered a 4th-place finish during Season 76, they bounce-back and became the back-to-back champions of the UAAP from Seasons 77 and 78.[4]

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. ^ UP Pep Squad is 2007 UAAP cheerdance champion. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  4. ^ Ramos, Ryan (March 9, 2016). "Featured Team: UST Lady Judokas". Sports37 (in Tagalog). UNTV Life. Retrieved March 11, 2016.