UST Growling Tigers

The UST Growling Tigers are the college athletic teams representing the University of Santo Tomas in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines. They hold the most number of UAAP Overall Championships with 43 Seniors' Overall Championships (out of 72 seasons) and 20 Juniors' Overall Championships (out of 24 seasons).[1]

UST Growling Tigers
University of Santo Tomas
UST Growling Tigers.png
(NCAA founding member–1924)
LocationEspaña Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
Team colors     Gold
Women's teamTigresses
Juniors' teamTiger Cubs
Seniors' general championships
Juniors' general championships

UST is one of four member universities that participate in all 15 sporting events of the league. They also take part in various sports leagues such as the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup, the Premier Volleyball League and the UNIGAMES.

Team identityEdit

Mascot and colorsEdit

Gold and white, UST's school colors.
The Bengal tiger's gold, white and black stripes closely resemble UST's school colors. The Growling Tiger has been the school's official mascot since 1992.

The gold and white colors of the flag of Vatican City were adopted by the University of Santo Tomas for their school colors because of its Pontifical status.

They were known as the Glowing Goldies until a name change in 1992. UST Rector Fr. Rolando V. de la Rosa, who was appointed in 1991 recalled in a speech to the school's administrators and faculty members during his 2007 Rector's Report on how UST's present Growling Tigers moniker came to be.

It was during the parade of school mascots in the opening ceremonies of Season 54 (1991–92) when an embarrassing incident occurred. Unlike the other member schools, UST had no mascot to represent their varsity teams and it gave the host school a hard time in coming up with a suitable representation for the Glowing Goldies. A “fat Dominican friar” who was carrying bags of gold had come out with the other mascots and drew a lot of laughter from the crowd in attendance.

Fr. De la Rosa later instructed PE moderator Bro. Rolando Atienza to conduct a naming activity for a new mascot.[2] Mrs. Felicitas Francisco, directress of the PE department, suggested the tiger as the new mascot due to its gold and white colors.[3]

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.[3] The High School boys' team followed suit by changing their name from the "Golden Nuggets" to the "Tiger Cubs".

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.

Varsity team monikersEdit

The names of the University of Santo Tomas collegiate varsity teams that participate in the 15 UAAP sporting events are shown in the table below.

Sport Men Women Boys Girls
  Basketball Growling Tigers Growling Tigresses Growling Tiger Cubs Growling Tigress Cubs
  Volleyball Golden Spikers Golden Tigresses Junior Tiger Spikers Junior Golden Tigresses
  Beach volleyball Tiger Spikers Lady Spikers Junior Tiger Spikers Junior Golden Tigresses
  Football Golden Booters Lady Booters Junior Golden Booters No team
  Baseball Golden Sox No team Junior Golden Sox No team
  Softball No team Softbelles No team No team
  Judo Golden Judokas Lady Judokas Junior Golden Judokas Junior Lady Judokas
  Taekwondo Tiger Jins Lady Jins Junior Tiger Jins No team
  Fencing Tiger Fencers Lady Fencers Junior Tiger Fencers Junior Lady Fencers
  Swimming Tiger Sharks Lady Tiger Sharks Junior Tiger Sharks Junior Lady Tiger Sharks
  Track and field Tiger Tracksters Lady Tracksters Junior Tiger Tracksters No team
  Badminton Golden Shuttlers Lady Shuttlers No team No team
  Tennis Tiger Tennisters Lady Tennisters No team No team
  Table tennis Tiger Paddlers Lady Paddlers Junior Tiger Paddlers No team
  Chess Male Woodpushers Female Woodpushers Junior Tiger Woodpushers No team
  Arnis Golden Arnisadors Lady Arnisadors Junior Golden Arnisadors No team
  Cheerleading Salinggawi Dance Troupe JHS Pep Squad
  Streetdance Prime Galvanize


The UST men's and boys' basketball teams were first formed in the year of the NCAA's foundation in 1924. UST won their first and only NCAA men's championship in 1930.

In the UAAP, they have the most number of combined championships with 40 from the men's, women's and boys' teams. The men's total of 18 titles is tied with the UE Red Warriors' for the second most number of championships behind FEU's 20.[4]

In 1993 the Growling Tigers finished the double-round eliminations with a rare 14–0 sweep and were declared automatic champions of the UAAP Season 56 men's tournament. This was the start of the Growling Tigers' four-peat championship run in the UAAP. The Tigers faced and defeated the De La Salle Green Archers for three consecutive finals series.[5]

UST's last championship before the sweep was in 1967 when they were declared co-champions with UE in Season 30.[6]

The Tiger Cubs and the Tigresses also have successful basketball programs with each team having a total of 11 UAAP championships.

In 1994, the men's, women's and juniors' teams won the UAAP Season 57 basketball championship in their respective divisions. This was the only time that a triple championship was achieved in the UAAP. UST also won double championships in Seasons 58 and 69 with the Growling Tigers and the Tigresses winning both their division titles in both years.

UST's off-season training includes participation in summer basketball tournaments. The Tiger Cubs regularly join the MILCU Summer Showcase, Smart City HOOPS, Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup juniors tournament and the PCABL Freego Cup. The Tigresses recently played in the Fr. Martin Cup Summer tournament and Breakdown Basketball Invitational tournament, while the Growling Tigers continue to participate in the MILCU Under-25 tournaments, the PBA D-League, Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup, Breakdown Basketball Invitational, Fr. Martin Cup Summer tournament, the Millennium Open Basketball championship, as well as pocket tournaments in the provinces such as the Kim Lope Asis Invitational Basketball Tournament in Bayugan City, the Kadayawan Basketball Invitational in Davao City, and the Republica Cup collegiate tournament in Malolos. They have also competed in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League, an annual postseason tournament for schools that topped their respective leagues.

The UST Tigress Cubs fielded a team in the ongoing four-team UAAP Season 82 girls' inaugural exhibition tournament.[7]

UAAP seasons
  1. ^ Co-champions with FEU & UP
  2. ^ Co-champions with FEU
  3. ^ Co-champions with UE
  4. ^ The UST Nuggets won five UAAP Juniors championships between Seasons 18 & 39
Other tournaments
  1. ^ tied with University of the Visayas
Notable players
  1. ^ Duncil was the Finals MVP. Adamson's Ken Bono was the Season MVP
  2. ^ Canuel was the Finals MVP. Ateneo's Cassy Tioseco was the Season MVP

3x3 basketballEdit

The 3x3 basketball competition was introduced in Season 80 as a demonstration sport.[8] UST did not join the men's inaugural contest, but the Growling Tigresses composed of Jhenn Angeles, Angel Anies, Karla Manuel and Carol Sangalang placed third behind the Adamson Lady Falcons and champions NU Lady Bulldogs.[9]

In its second year, the UST Growling Tigers ended up tied with the UP Fighting Maroons and the De La Salle Green Archers at 3 wins and 3 losses behind the undefeated Ateneo Blue Eagles. They were represented by Renzo Subido, Soulémane Chabi Yo, Dave Ando and Rhenz Abando. The women's team of Sai Larosa, Tantoy Ferrer, Lon Rivera and Carol Sangalang also tied UE and Adamson's 4–3 record behind the undefeated and defending champions, the NU Lady Bulldogs.[10]

Beginning in Season 82, the 3x3 competition is set to become an official tournament in the UAAP. The sport, with the participation of all eight UAAP schools will begin in March 2020.[11]


The UST Tiger Spikers have 19 UAAP men's volleyball championships, while the Golden Tigresses have 16 women's volleyball crowns and the Junior Tigresses have six girls' volleyball titles. The Tigresses were champions for seven consecutive years from Seasons 47 thru 53,[12] while both the men's and girls' teams achieved a three-peat championship in Seasons 70, 71 and 72. The Junior Tiger Spikers have one UAAP crown which they won in Season 80.

The Tiger Spikers also participate in the Spikers' Turf, a preseason league where they finished second in the 2018 Collegiate Conference[13] and third on two occasions in 2016 and 2017. The Golden Tigresses have had better success in the women's preseason tournaments, having won the most titles among collegiate teams in the Premier Volleyball League with six, beginning at the inaugural tournament in 2004 when the league was still known as the Shakey's V-League.[14] The Junior Tigresses have won four championships in the Shakey's Girls' Volleyball League.[15]

The men's team were back-to-back UNIGAMES champions in 2016[16] and 2017, while the Tigresses have a total of six volleyball championships, beginning in 2009 and capped by a three-peat from 2016 until 2018.[17]

UAAP seasons
Other tournaments
Notable players
  1. ^ Pecaña was the Finals MVP. Ateneo's AJ Pareja was the Season MVP
  2. ^ Dimaculangan was the Finals MVP. FEU's Cherry Mae Vivas was the Season MVP
  3. ^ Torres was the Season MVP
  4. ^ Ramos was the Finals MVP

Beach volleyballEdit

The UAAP beach volleyball competition was introduced as a demonstration sport in Season 69 and was made into an official sport in Season 72. The UST Tiger Sands men's team who were formerly called the Tiger Spikers won the tournament in Season 71,[18] while the women's team had two unofficial third place finishes in Seasons 69 and 71.[19]

The Lady Spikers won their first championship in Season 74 after defeating Ateneo in the finals.[20] In 2014, Cherry Rondina and Rica Rivera won the Season 77 championship in their rookie year. The Lady Spikers were defeated by Adamson the previous year.[21] Rondina, who was named MVP that year went on to win three more championships and the same number of MVP awards until Season 81.

The Lady Spikers made history by winning their fourth-straight UAAP beach volleyball championship in Season 82. They hold the most UAAP titles won with seven. They won back-to-back championships in 2011 and 2012 and then they went on to achieve a four-peat from 2016 to 2019 with an undefeated 27–0 win-loss record.

The Tiger Sands have a total of five championships, having won back-to-back in Seasons 81 and 82.

UAAP seasons
Season Year Men Women
69 2006   3rd place[a]
70 2007   3rd place[a]
71 2008   Champions[a]   3rd place[a]
72 2009   Champions
73 2010   Runners-up
74 2011   Runners-up   Champions
75 2012   Champions
76 2013   Runners-up   Runners-up
77 2014   Runners-up   Champions
78 2015   Runners-up
79 2016   Champions   Champions
80 2017   Runners-up   Champions
81 2018   Champions   Champions
82 2019   Champions   Champions
Total 1st place 5 7
  1. ^ a b c d Beach volleyball was a demonstration sport from Seasons 69 to 71
Other tournaments
Notable players


The formation of UST's football team dates back to the early days of the NCAA. The Golden Booters have a combined total of 35 NCAA and UAAP championships.[22] They won four straight NCAA titles from 1926 until 1929. The men's team who were sparringly called the Growling Booters and the Tiger Booters achieved a three-peat in the UAAP from 1991 to 1993. They last won the championship in 2006.

The Golden Booters made it back to the finals and ended up as runners-up to the undefeated UP Maroon Booters in Season 80.[23] Before Season 77, UST had only missed the playoffs once in a span of 13 years.[24]

The UST Lady Booters won their first UAAP title in 2009, 14 years after women's football became an official sport in the league.[25] They won the championship again in 2011.

The Juniors team that plays in a small pool of four teams (the number of competing schools increased to five with the entry of Nazareth School in Season 80) have yet to get a podium finish since boys' football became a regular sport in UAAP Season 72.

UST's off-season training includes participation in the UNIGAMES, Ang Liga, the PFF Women's League, the Pinas Cup, and the Metro Manila Girls Football Association.

UAAP seasons
  1. ^ UST and La Salle were declared co-champions after a fight broke loose during the final minutes of the finals match
Other tournaments
Notable players


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 in the 6 seasons, having first won in Seasons 73, 74, and 75. After they suffered a 4th-place finish in Season 76, they bounced-back and became the back-to-back champions of the UAAP from Seasons 77 and 78.[26]


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.[27]

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ Cordon, John Constantine G. "Rector sets 13-point agenda". The Varsitarian. Retrieved November 7, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Evite, Diana Jean B. "'Mommy Tiger' bids goodbye". The Varsitarian. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
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  15. ^ "UST foils NU, cops Shakey’s girls crown". The Manila Times. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
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  17. ^ Co, Adrian Stewart. "UNIGAMES: UST Tigresses 3-peat champions in volleyball". PanayNews. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
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