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[UPDATE: Mr. Joseph Maquirang is part of the group “Golden Armada.” Being so, it is through the idea and collaboration of the whole group that the bobble heads of the Growling Tigers were formed. Click here for more photos of Golden Armada.]

THE appearance of the bobble heads has had a huge impact to the sea of yellow-clan Thomasians that it became an entertainment and source of vitality amid close and difficult encounters.

Every game, the bobble heads emerge in great cheerfulness as it supports enthusiastically in favor to the Thomasians.

Started by UST alumnus Joseph Maquirang, together with his fellow USTHS friends who admits to be simply fans of the Tigers, the idea of the “Big Heads,” as he would stick to calling it, came from NCAA in the US.

“They made different big posters of cartoon characters [and] Hollywood stars. One even made a face of his grumpy face, just to fester the free-throw shooter. And from that we transmuted it to the heads of the players and of Coach Pido,” said Maquirang to TomasinoWeb. “Also, I guess part of it is the gay guys that you see in the patron seats. Credits to them, but well, I don’t know if they are even from any of the universities they are supporting negative or positive they may seem they do cheer. We’re just putting creativity and class for the fans to be immersed in the game.”

The halftime last September 15, 2012, which was the most awaited second round game of the University of Santo Tomas and the Ateneo De Manila University, came out unexpected for the bobble heads. They ascended not from the usual Thomasian fans but from the UST Yellow Jackets.

The crowd was amused by the epic performance the pep squad had shown and had everyone in stitches.

Clark Daniel “Tata” Bautista, Jeric Allen Teng, Karim Abdul, Aljon Mariano, and the most applauded Jeric Marco Fortuna bobble heads proceeded to the center court, respectively.

The Thomasian viewers erupted in jubilation and chanted the “Go, Uste,” followed by “BengBeng (Go Fight UST)” yell which was preceded by UST Yellow Jackets, accompanied with a dance.

Subsequently, the crowd applauded louder than ever as the performers pointed to their right– over to the passageway of the stadium’s upper region–for there appeared a bobble head of Coach Alfredo “Pido” Jarencio.

Despite the intense match won by the Eagles, the performance led by UST Yellow Jackets became notable and unforgettable, most specially to the persons whom the bobble head was inspired and dedicated.

Nagpapasalamat ako kasi kahit papaano narerecognize kami ng community, siyempre Thomasian naman ang may gawa nun eh,” said a grateful Coach Pido Jarencio. “Natawa lang ako at masaya na kahit papaano nandiyan sila na sumusuporta.

The big heads were a group initiative according to Maquirang. It was to bring a new flavor in cheering for the Tigers, which undeniably is a hit in the Thomasian community.

Nakaka-flatter kasi first time lang nangyari ‘yun sa UAAP,” Aljon Mariano said.

The bobble head indeed first appeared in this season of the UAAP, serving as an inspiration and enjoyment to the people involved.

Nakakatuwa kasi ngayon lang ako nakakita ng ganun dito at masaya,” said team captain Jeric Fortuna.

“This is just the beginning, we can start to make it available for the other teams, but UST should have the edge of something new and different,” Maquirang shared.

By Eliza Fatima Heather V. Sarona and Alvin B. Hilario
Photo taken by Jenzine Inah M. Alcantara



Abando-less UST bows out of PCCL contention

The UST Growling Tigers were eliminated by the San Beda Red Lions, 68-77, in a matchup between the UAAP and NCAA runner ups in the final day of eliminations in the 2020 PCCL UAAP-NCAA Challenge.



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The UST Growling Tigers were eliminated by the San Beda Red Lions, 68-77, in a matchup between the UAAP and NCAA runner ups in the final day of eliminations in the 2020 PCCL UAAP-NCAA Challenge held at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020.

James Kwekuteye led the Legarda-based squad with 14 points and seven assists with the help of Peter Alfaro finishing with 13 markers and two clutch offensive rebounds, while UST’s team captain CJ Cansino held his own with 21 points and nine boards.

It was slow start for both teams until San Beda drew first blood while the Tigers still in the cold missing Rhenz Abando’s presence because of sore eyes.

Free-throws helped UST keep themselves in the game despite their dismal 3/20 shooting while San Beda fared better at 7/19 ending the first half doubling their lead of six from the first quarter, 39-27.

UST entered the second half strong, with their three-pointers starting to go in, but a relentless Red Lion squad and a slump to end the third quarter had them with a 46-62 deficit heading into the fourth.

Momentum shifted to the España side as the final canto arrived with consecutive turnovers from San Beda and huge buckets from Brent Paraiso and CJ Cansino cut the deficit down to single-digits.

However, UST struggled to knock their free throws down as San Beda regained their composure to ultimately pull away with the win.

Brent Paraiso chipped in 12 points while reigning UAAP MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo faced another another scoring slump finishing with only six points and nine rebounds. Mark Nonoy was also unsuccessful in finding his range with nine markers and seven boards.

San Beda’s Ralph Penuela finished with 11 points and five dimes and big man Kenmark Cariño with 10 points, seven boards, and two blocks.

Reigning NCAA MVP Calvin Oftana finished with a dismal outing, scoring only six points.

San Beda will now advance to the Final Four of the tournament happening next weekend, Feb. 22-23 at the Davao City Recreational Center. Richie Paul Brillo 


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Emotions stop UST from getting back against Ateneo

UST will face the NCAA runner-ups San Beda Red Lions next on the final day of eliminations.



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The UST Growling Tigers was handed its first loss by the defending UAAP champions the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 71-82, in the 2020 Philippine Collegiate Champions League’s UAAP-NCAA Challenge at the FilOil Flying V Centere in San Juan on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020.

Lots of drama happened from the start up to the end as the rivals of the UAAP from España and Katipunan squared up once again, with SJ Belangel proving to be the new “King Eagle” after scoring 26 points while for the Tigers, Renz Abando and Deo Cuajao finished with 14 points each. 

Belangel stepped up to give Ateneo the early lead with the help of the team’s chippy defense that led to UST’s sloppy 7 turnovers to start the game.

Along with Belangel’s efforts and Ateneo’s defense, high-level rebounding and sloppy fouls from the Tigers led to an early 15-29 deficit for UST.

Deo Cuajao and Rhenz Abando combined for an 8-0 run in the second quarter that helped UST back into the game, along with better rebounding overall, however turnovers and Ateneo maintaining their composure culminated in the Tigers trailing 38-48 after the first 20 minutes.

In the third quarter, UST started off strong before SJ Belangel proceeded to erupt for three consecutive triples to extinguish UST’s momentum.

Ultimately the Tigers ended the third quarter on a high note with momentum on their side, especially after fouls on Pat Maagdenberg and head coach Tab Baldwin. 

Heading into the fourth quarter with a score of 65-66, UST was outscored by the defending  UAAP champs 16-6, with Ateneo functioning well on both sides of the floor, courteousy of SJ Belangel’s orchestration and Ange Kouame’s inside presence. 

UST team captain CJ Cansino chipped in 10 markers and former NSNU Bullpup Paul Manalang contributed 6 dimes, while reigning UAAP MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo only scored five points along with six rebounds. 

Ateneo’s Kouame however finished with double-double of 15 points and 13 boards helped by the new Fil-Am recruit Dwight Ramos with eight markers and three assists. 

UST will face the NCAA runner-ups San Beda Red Lions next on the final day of eliminations on Saturday (Feb. 15) at the same venue. R. P. Brillo


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UST goes back to undefeated ways in juniors’ beach volleyball tourney

The UAAP season 82 juniors’ beach volleyball tournament is set to conclude next Saturday, Feb. 15, at the same venue.



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The UST Junior Tiger Spikers and Junior Tigresses managed to sweep their way through once again in day four of the UAAP season 82 juniors’ beach volleyball tournament at the SM Sands by the Bay in Pasay on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020.

Alex Iraya and Jay Dela Noche won their lone match of the day with a 21-14, 21-14 sweep over the UE Junior Red Warriors, bringing their record to a clean 6-0 four days into the tournament.

For the Junior Tigresses, Vanessa Bangayan and Julianna Carreon bounced back from last Saturday’s loss to the UE Junior Red Warriors with back-to-back sweeps against the FEU Baby Tamaraws and the Adamson Baby Falcons, with final scores of 21-17, 21-17 and 21-18, 21-10, respectively.

The UAAP season 82 juniors’ beach volleyball tournament is set to conclude next Saturday, Feb. 15, at the same venue.


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