FEU Cheering Squad wins 2019 NCC title

NCC Champion FEU

Far Eastern University recorded its biggest win in the National Cheerleading Championship after winning the NCC Season 14 Co-Ed College Cheer division last March 9, 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena. FEU settled for second place finishes in the previous two years.

Performing to the beat of Michael Jackson’s hit “Smooth Criminal”, FEUCS topped three out of six categories particularly Basic Elements, Tumbling and Tosses. Penalties and Deductions only amounted to two points.

Head Coach Randell San Gregorio considers the NCC win as a breakthrough for FEUCS comparable to its performance in the 2016 UAAP Cheerdance Competition in which FEU returned to the podium after being absent for three years.

NCC 2019 Scores

Statement on cyberbullying against student-athlete

02192019 - Official Statement - COA

FEU condemns the wrongful tagging of an FEU-student athlete in a sexually explicit video circulating in social media. This clearly is an act of cyberbullying that causes negative psychological effects and harm to any individual, private or public.

We encourage everyone to be prudent and refrain from using these forms of harassment.​

Game 16: No Excuses! Tams Bowed to a Better Team but Bravely Battled in Season-Ending Game


We survived four must-win games in the homestretch to enter the final four for a sixth consecutive year but was denied entry to the finals for the third straight year in a row by the Ateneo Blue Eagles. 

From the first minutes of the game, Ateneo attacked with eight straight points and never looked back.  They stymied our vaunted outside scoring, limiting us to only four out of twenty-six shots from three-point country and outrebounded us fifty to forty-three.  We were outscored in the first three quarters, but put up a gallant stand in the fourth making the school proud even in a losing effort.


Some Lessons from the Season

In the dug-out, lessons were drawn from this season:

Consistency.  We had a roller-coaster of a season.  We played some great games, but let ourselves down in at least four games.  We played solidly against teams in contention, but let our guards down against lower-ranked teams, thus consigning ourselves to a difficult situation where we had to fight hard for a place in the final four.

Each Game/Practice Session Counts.  In the final analysis, there are no easy nor hard games; each game is important since each game counts.  We approach each game with the same dedication, just as we approach each practice session seriously.  How we play on the court depends on what we are able to accomplish in practice.

Every Player Must Step Up.  We have a 16-man rotation, and each one is important though at times we play back-up or show support from the bench or in the Diliman quarters.  Team chemistry, cohesion and companionship took work to achieve, and even in off-season best maintained.

Thanks to the Graduating Players

While we deserve our break as the season ends, let us keep in mind to improve our conditioning as athletes: stamina, strength and speed; and, to improve our standing as students: serious study to maintain our scholarship. Finally, to remember that the formation of character is an important objective of sports.


To the Graduating Players, Thanks.  To captain Richard, to Arvin, to JR, RJ, Axel and Prince: you have served your school well and made us all proud.  You have had your difficult stretches (a new baby, injury, slumps and suspensions) as well as given us memorable moments that will become part of FEU folklore.  You have overcome the adversities of a challenging year, and our prayer is for you to strive and thrive in the years ahead.

Be Brave, Tamaraws!   Ed Garcia, 26 November 2018

Game of “Be Brave” moments


The FEU Tamaraws did it again, the hard way! With our backs against the wall, we played a fourth must-win game, and beat LaSalle in the dying seconds to earn a sixth consecutive trip to the UAAP final four.

The thriller was a “game for the books” best described by the cool shot-maker Arvin Tolentino who right away deflected credit by saying that his three-point shot with three seconds to go though more dramatic was as important as any shot made by his teammates in the game as in Prince Orizu’s lone foul throw which indeed was just one point but one was our margin of victory in the 71-70 battle.



He added that It was Ken Tuffin’s step-back jumper seconds earlier that gave us a fighting chance; it was Jasper Parker’s key assists that set the stage for the final comeback. And, it was Barkley Ebona whose 16 rebounds (10 of them offensive boards) against the “triple towers” of LaSalle who displayed the meaning of our “Be Brave” mantra as Coach O put it. In brief, it was a team effort by all on the court, off or on the bench.

Courage, Belief and Focus
In our team-building sessions, we have always discussed three elements in our team’s quest:

  • Adversity Quotient: Our teammates have experienced adversity in life as in the circumstances of our diverse personal and family backgrounds. What makes our team strong has been our capacity to rise above these setbacks and move on. We do not come from comfortable circumstances, but have battled back from adversity. This is the meaning of the adversity quotient (AQ). Our team has a high AQ. This is the reason why we are one brave team.


  • Self/Team Belief: When the Oxford medical student Roger Bannister broke the 4-minute mile more than six decades ago, people had warned him that it was a barrier no runner could break. But he strove, trained hard, and broke the mile-record. When asked how he did it, his answer was terse: self-belief. This is the same self-belief that the Tamaraws are attempting to cultivate individually and as team. We battled back from four straight defeats, and we played with and for one another, one game at a time. This is the bedrock of our comeback.


  • One Step at a Time: In the story of Edmund Hilary’s pioneering climb to Mount Everest, the quest began one step at a time. Though there were difficulties and detours, the summit was reached though it took time. In the dugout, Coach O begins our sessions with a moment of mindfulness; to refocus and remind ourselves that the challenge in the game requires great effort and energy one possession at a time. Patience, resilience and relentless courage.


We play Ateneo in the final four, the third time we play the defending champion Blue Eagles at this stage of the season. We have beaten them before, and we can do so again. We need all hands on deck, all the effort we can muster, our trust in each other, and our readiness to lay our lives on the line. This is what “Be Brave” means: to play with passion because we care, because we play for each other, because we play for our school and for the Tamaraw Nation.

Ed Garcia

Seize the opportune moment

46477022_10157059447285288_6209020339045793792_oIn a stunning turn of events, the FEU Tamaraws were presented with an opportunity to rise above the adversities of games past. And, in the last game of the second round, the last of the season, we beat the Falcons of Adamson in a most resounding manner, 82-56. We took advantage of the fact that their top two scorers were unable to play, but we deserved the win by playing high-intensity near-flawless basketball for four quarters, not one but four.

It was a dominant display of tenacious basketball on both ends of the court – shooting a high 55% percentage, and in the first half alone converting 7 of 11 three pointers; guarding fiercely, rebounding and boxing out consistently without giving the Falcons room to fly nor breathe. From a 10-0 start which led to a 46-22 half-time score to 70-40 in the third frame, FEU gave no quarters. The off-the-bench players supported our starting five resulting in a rare feat of fifteen players all scoring in a balanced attack. Every single member of the team contributed on the court, cheered from the bench as well as gave quiet encouragement in the dugout.


Another Step Forward to Turn Things Around
But winning this game only moves us another step forward; we still have not achieved what we set out to do when we began the arduous task of turning things around. Next comes the playoff for the last final four slot. We play the LaSalle Green Archers whom we beat in our very first game, and who in turn beat us in the second round. This time there are no tomorrows, no second chances; there is this time, and that is it!

We are prepared for this game: tactically, physically and mentally. As we have done in the past, we just focus on one game – the game against the Green Archers the day after tomorrow, Wednesday. In this way, we hope and will prevail.


Fight Back, Tamaraws!
Three things, among others, have propelled us in our comeback, better still, our fightback:
• We are moved, motivated and will sustain our momentum;
• We are stronger after having won some, lost some; we have played with our backs against the wall in the past three must-win games, and we have recognized our limitations in defense and our shortcomings in rebounding. Now we are determined to make mid-course corrections and not give up – not at this time.
• We will strengthen our will to win, now that our destiny is in our hands. Together as a team capable of playing with and for each other, our confidence grows and our will to win is stronger more than at any other time.

A Call to the Tamaraw Nation
In this playoff game, there is one factor that is crucial. In the 2015 championship run, there was a decisive actor who played a critical role: the Tamaraw Nation. We call on the students, teachers, officials and alumni of FEU to support the team and become our sixth man on the floor. To the schoolmates, fans and friends of our Tamaraws’ Team: come, and join us. Be Brave!

Ed Garcia, 19 November 2018

‘Major hiccup’ against UST served as fuel for FEU Tamaraws


MANILA, Philippines — After more than a week of dwelling on their tough loss against University of Santo Tomas (UST), the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws vented their ire on University of the Philippines.

The Tamaraws suffered a shock 76-74 setback to UST all the way back on September 12. They had hoped to bounce back against defending champion Ateneo de Manila University on September 15, but UAAP games that weekend were washed out by inclement weather.

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Jerrili Malabanan eager to complete unfinished business for FEU in PVL Finals


FAR Eastern University emerging leader Jerrili Malabanan vows to deliver the school’s first major championship in four years as they take on University of the Philippines in the exciting Finale of Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference.

Malabanan, a recruit from Sunny Hill High School from California, was still a rookie and not yet in the lineup when the Lady Tamaraws won their last major championship in the defunct Shakey’s V-League Season 11 1st Conference in 2014.

As the Lady Tams enter the Collegiate Conference Finals for the second straight year, Malabanan has bloomed as one of the leaders of the team and she is eager to bring home the championship this season.

“I’m very excited because it’s been a while since our team has got our championship,” said the open spiker, who is now on her fifth playing year. “I think it was my first year, that was our last championship. So we’re really eager to get it this year.”

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By Mark Oliver P. Molina (FEU Athletics Director)

My many years as athletics director of Far Eastern University have been filled with many heroes and champions.  Arwind Santos was truly one of a kind as he willed the Tams to three consecutive men’s basketball titles.  Then there was Rachel Daquis, a true gem of a person and athlete. Rachel brought UAAP volleyball to unprecedented heights with her game.

I also witnessed the greatness of Janelle Frayna.  The Philippines first and only Woman GrandMaster and a multiple UAAP champion, MVP and Athlete of the Year.  Many other great champions come to mind.  Mac Belo, Roger Pogoy, Mark Isip, Denok Miranda, Edjet Mabbayad, Wendy Semana, Paolo Bugas, Lloyd Escoses, Bevely Villar, Allana Lim, Raiza Palmera and a whole lot more.  Then we have this girl from Negros Occidental who captured the hearts of the FEU community.


Bernadeth Pons reluctantly left her hometown to study at FEU.  She did not want to leave her family but the chance to make a better future and study at a school in Manila was her ticket to a better life.  From day one, she exhibited everything you would ask from a student-athlete: good grades, great work ethic, leadership and extraordinary humility.  In a time when UAAP athletes can be a source of braggadocio and hubris, Bernadeth was a breath of fresh air.

She was part of a rebuilding FEU team that struggled through her first season but became title contenders as the Lady Tams made the Final Four in the past 4 seasons.   She consistently led the team in points, digs and receptions and became a triple double machine.  Very shy and unassuming, Bernadeth let her game and perseverance speak for herself.


In her final season with the Lady Tams she was named team captain by Coach George Pascua.  But she became more than a captain, she was the “ate” and she put everyone’s interest above hers.  Every week Bernadeth will take each of her teammates ticket needs for the UAAP games and submit them to the athletics office.  If any of the players had a concern, they would all go to her and Bernadeth always made sure it was addressed.  Her leadership was based on service, humility and selflessness.


When FEU beat Ateneo in the Final Four and made it to the UAAP Finals for the first time in 10 years, the team celebrated with dinner at Grilla restaurant near the Mall of Asia Arena.  With a lot of the parents and families joining the team the place was packed.  Bernadeth made sure all their teammates and families were seated and served food before she took a seat with her brother and sister.  In the aftermath of her biggest victory in the UAAP, she still put everyone’s needs ahead of hers.

Success in sports are always measured by championships and trophies and Bernadeth did not win any in an illustrious UAAP career that saw her lead the Lady Tams in scoring in each of her five seasons.  But she sure won a lot of our hearts.  In the final weeks of UAAP Season 80, #MVPons was all over social media.  Volleyball experts voiced out that this is Bernadeth Pons year to win the MVP award but it was not meant to be.  Five outstanding years without a single award in the UAAP should not matter for Bernadeth Pons.30420231_1669606203126350_3192405051265879911_o

She entered FEU in a state of uncertainty and leaves with a newly instilled winning culture that brings hope to the UAAP’s winningest volleyball program.  Bernadeth Pons fits the ideal definition of a student-athlete:  High grades, total dedication to her sport and team, fierce loyalty to the school and the FEU community and trophies are not needed to cement the legacy she leaves us.  Thank you Bernadeth!  You were an inspiration to the FEU and volleyball communities and at the end of the day, this is what matters the most.




FEU Street Alliance steals scene, wins first-ever crown

FEU Street Alliance

The Far Eastern University Street Alliance faced lots of adversities including limited time of preparation before coming up with a routine that toppled the perennial favorites.

Lumbering at fifth place in the previous three editions of the competition, the Morayta-based dance group reinvented itself and came up with a gangster theme to steal the championship of the 80th UAAP Streetdance Competition Sunday at the MOA Arena.

FEU earned a total score of 85.75 points to capture its first-ever title and a hefty sum of P70,000.

“When we started the group last January, we just wanted to show something fresh na galing sa FEU,” said FEU coach Randell San Gregorio, who is also the school’s cheerdance team.

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Tams rule inaugural 3×3 event


Wendel Comboy capped his tournament-long brilliance with a scintillating performance that lifted Far Eastern University to the title in the first UAAP 3×3 tournament at SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.

Comboy torched University of the East for 11 points to lead the Tamaraws to a 21-13 victory before a huge Sunday crowd.

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