UST Growling Tigers

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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

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 56 titles (40 Seniors' Division Overall Championships in the 67 seasons that the title was awarded and 16 Juniors' Division Overall Championships out of 20 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 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 boy's 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 teams[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.png Chess Tiger Woodpushers Lady Woodpushers Junior Tiger Woodpushers -


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.


Includes defeated championship opponents.


In UAAP Volleyball, the Tiger Spikers have 17 championships. The Tigresses have 14 UAAP Volleyball crowns. The Lady Tiger Cubs has 5 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 78 (A.Y. 2015-16-)[edit]

The UST Golden Tigresses Volleyball Team[edit]

No. Name Position Height Weight Play yr. High School
1 Alyssa Marie Teope Setter 5' 10" 130 lbs. University of Santo Tomas
2 Rica Jane B. Rivera Outside Hitter 5' 7" 120 lbs. 2nd University of San Jose - Recoletos
3 Chlodia Eiriel L. Cortez Opposite 4th St. Vincent De Paul College
4 Ingrid Julienne J. Reyes Libero 5' 6" 125 lbs. Rookie Colegio de San Agustin - Makati
5 Carla D. Sandoval 5' 7" 120 lbs. Rookie Angelicum College
7 Alina Joyce R. Bicar Setter 5' 6" 120 lbs. Rookie Leyte National High School
8 Ma. Carmela D. Tunay Opposite Hitter 5' 7" 125 lbs. 5th St. Paul College - Makati
9 Ennajie C. Laure Outside Hitter 5' 8" 130 lbs 2nd University of Santo Thomas
10 Alexine Danielle Dc. Cabanos Setter 5' 5" 120 lbs. 4th De La Salle Zobel
12 Mildred Thea C. Dizon Libero 5' 7" 120 lbs. Rookie De La Salle Zobel
14 Christine Dianne B. Francisco Middle Hitter 5' 8" 125 lbs. 2nd University of Santo Tomas
15 Jessey Laine M. De Leon Middle Hitter 5' 8" 130 lbs. 5th St. Scholastica's College
16 Cherry Ann Q. Rondina Outside Hitter 5' 5" 115 lbs. 2nd Compostela National High School
18 Marivic Velaine M. Meneses Middle Hitter 6' 0" 140 lbs. 3rd Mary the Queen School - Malolos Bulacan

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

Notable players[edit]

Records by season[edit]

Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg Beach Volleyball[edit]

UAAP Season 78 (S.Y. 2015-16) Rosters


} Women's

No. Name Height Weight Play Yr. High School
1 Kris Roy A. Guzman
2 Anthony Lemuel M. Arbasto, Jr.
3 Sean M. Mantos
No. Name Height Weight Play Yr. High School
1 Cherry Ann Q. Rondina 5' 5" 115 lbs. Rookie Campostela National High School
2 Rica Jane Rivera 5' 7" 120 lbs. 2nd University of San Jose-Recoletos
3 Jem Nicole Gutierrez 5' 7" 125 lbs. St. Jerome's Academy

Head Coach: Emil Lontoc


UAAP season 2013-14 Men's team roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Daniel Hicban
2 Ronald Batisla-Ong
3 Efren Menares
4 Patrick O'Neill
5 Darryl Regala
6 Nicanor Palacio
7 Steven Anotado
8 Karl Bronda
9 Marvin Bricenio
10 Gino Clarino
No. Position Player
11 Jogi Celiz
14 Kenedy Venida
17 Kenneth Tuzon
18 Darwin Busmion
19 Fidel Kue
21 Jopridale Molino
23 Albert Llevares
26 Jolem Feril
27 Shirmar Felongco
28 Dionisio Busmion

Records by season[edit]

Men's rankings since 1988:


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.


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

See also[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.