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[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 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) Rosters[edit]

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

No. Name Position Height Weight Play yr. High School
2 Paul Kirby Castillo Setter
3 Arnold Bautista Outside Hitter
4 Jomaru Amagan Outside Hitter
5 Patrick Balse Middle Blocker
6 Anthony Arbasto Opposite Hitter Notre Dame Of Dadiangas University (IBED LAGAO CAMPUS)
7 Jayvee Sumagaysay Middle Blocker
8 Mark Carlo Pangan Libero
9 Timothy James Tajanlangit Setter Notre Dame Of Dadiangas University (IBED LAGAO CAMPUS)
10 Manuel Medina Outside Hitter
13 Kris Guzman Outside Hitter
14 Juren Buro
16 Tyrone Carodan Opposite Hitter
17 Justin Francisco Libero
18 Jason Sarabia Middle Blocker Notre Dame Of Dadiangas University (IBED LAGAO CAMPUS)

The UST Golden Tigresses Volleyball Team[edit]

(13th Shakey's V-League Collegiate Conference)

No. Name Position Height Weight Play yr. High School
1 Kassie Gormley 5' 6" Calvary Christian Academy
2 Mary Dominique P. Pacres Opposite Hitter 5' 10" Mandaue City National High School
3 Ma. Cecilia D. Bangad 5' 8" St. Mary's College
4 Catherine Carmel Pollentes Setter 5' 3" St. John Institute
5 Carla D. Sandoval Outside Hitter 5' 7" 120 lbs. 2nd Angelicum College
6 Ma. Regina Mangulabnan Setter 5' 6" University of Santo Tomas
7 Alina Joyce R. Bicar Setter 5' 6" 120 lbs. 2nd Leyte National High School
8 Ejiya C. Laure Opposite Hitter 5' 9" University of Santo Tomas
9 Ennajie C. Laure Outside Hitter 5' 8" 125 lbs 3rd University of Santo Tomas
10 Renee Anne Tayag 5' 5" Holy Family Academy
11 Patrisha Kim B. Rasmo Libero 5' 3" University of St. La Salle
12 Mildred Thea C. Dizon Libero 5' 7" 120 lbs. 2nd De La Salle Zobel
13 Jem Nicole V. Gutierrez Hitter 5' 7" St. Jerome Academy
14 Christine Dianne B. Francisco Middle Blocker 5' 8" 125 lbs. 2nd University of Santo Tomas
15 Alyssa Alterado Service Specialist/ Hitter 5' 4" Ateneo de Davao
16 Cherry Ann Q. Rondina Outside Hitter 5' 5" 115 lbs. 3rd Compostela National High School
17 Shannen Jandusay Palec Middle Blocker 5' 9" University of Santo Tomas
18 Caitlyn Viray Opposite Hitter 5' 7" National University

Main article: UAAP Season 78 Women's Volleyball Tournament

UST Golden Tigresses roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight Playing yr. High School
S 1 Philippines Teope, Alyssa 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
L 2 Philippines Rivera, Rica Jane 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
OP 3 Philippines Cortez, Chlodia 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
L 4 Philippines Reyes, Ingrid 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
OH 5 Philippines Sandoval, Carla 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
S 7 Philippines Bicar, Alina 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
OP 8 Philippines Tunay, Carmela 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
OH 9 Philippines Laure, Ennajie (Captain sports.svg) 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
S 10 Philippines Cabanos, Alexine 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
OH 12 Philippines Dizon, Mildred 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
MB 14 Philippines Francisco, Christine 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
MB 15 Philippines De Leon, Jessey Laine 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
OH 16 Philippines Rondina, Cherry Ann 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
MB 18 Philippines Meneses, Marivic 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Head coach
  • Philippines Emilio Reyes
Assistant coach(es)
  • Philippines Ma. Vilet Ponce-De Leon
  • Philippines Christian Fernandez
Team manager
  • Philippines
Strength and conditioning coach(es)
  • Philippines (Physical Therapist)

  • Captain sports.svg Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (IN) Inactive
  • Injured Injured
Position Legend
  • (S) Setter
  • (L) Libero
  • (OS) Open Spiker
  • (OH) Outside Hitter
  • (MB) Middle Blocker
  • (OP) Opposite Hitter

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


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]


  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.