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Our history...
rich and colorful,
always fun,
sometimes controversial.
we have been through it all;
battered, yet unscathed;
battle-scarred and war-tested,
the traditions are what made us
strong...
 

the years before 1990, there were no YELLOW JACKETS yet.

the ust basketball team, then known as Glowing Goldies,

was relying on the team's loyal followers for support.

cheers were basically screams and whines from

thomasian fans who took the games seriously.

the cheers were platonic, as there were no known

definite cheers that would be called uniquely thomasian.

fans were there mainly because of the sole

and noble initiative to support the team.

 

The 1990s was a decade which ushered

a new era in the life of ust. 

A few brave souls ventured to go out of their way

to give support to their alma mater.

Spearheaded by

Michael Ismael Flores

they toiled, sweated, and labored,

battled doubts and criticisms,

and endured hardships

we never even dreamed of.

Pooling their meager resources, boundless energy, and creativity,

they started to form a group, which would change,

and eventually,

touch the lives of so many different people.

Their sacrifices and hardships

will lay the foundation

of what is to become the country’s

most inspired and liveliest pep squad.

 

 eight thomasians sought to unify

the scattered shouts of the beleaguered and rabid supporters.

They were given 3 bass drums, 4 snares and 1 cymbals/clapper.

They also sought the help of kind-hearted and loyal thomasians

who volunteered to help the BANGERS, as they were to be known.

Players from the university’s handball, football and baseball teams

composed the majority of this volunteer group.

 

The PE Department enlisted the help of Sir Mike and Sir Andres

to serve as coordinator and adviser, respectively.

In 1993,  UST hosted the UAAP. 

It was an opportunity for the BANGERS

to prove their worth, as they pooled their creativity and flair together.

They incorporated the old cheers and infused new beats into it.

They also created many of the beats the school still uses to this day.

It was a fitting entrance to a golden era

in the school’s history,

 as the senior’s basketball team won the UAAP crown.

In recognition of their hardwork, perseverance and success,

the PE Department gave the BANGERS

the STO. NIņO drum set.

It was a major motivation

for the group to succeed even more.

 Sir Robinson Laxa was deemed the new adviser.

Many more beats and cheers were composed in the following year,

wherein UST won its 2nd consecutive basketball championship.

This season marked the first time

the BANGERS and the Salinggawi Dance Troupe (SDT)

collaborated for the first cheering competition,

the Jollibee Chi-Cheer Kayo Contest.

UST added the cheering competition to their dominance,

 winning the championship.

It was a field UST dominated for 2 more  years until 1997,

when UST decided to withdraw

from the cheering competition in the UAAP,

and instead competed in the Lipton Iced Tea Cheering Competition

which they also won.

Meanwhile, during the 1996 season,

female members were admitted into the group.

The following year,1997,

the BANGERS were christened the YELLOW JACKETS.

 

The year 2001 was a historic one for the YELLOW JACKETS.

Finally, they were given recognition by the OSACS

as a legitimate university-wide student organization.

By-laws were passed and approved as the YELLOW JACKETS

elected its first set of officers,

with Franco Lorenzo Cachero as its first President.

 

from a simple vision of giving support to its alma mater,

the YELLOW JACKETS had indeed come a long way -

a way frought with hardships, sacrifices, and triumphs.

the UST YELLOW JACKETS

embraces its guiding principle to the heart:

 

- SUAVITER IN MODO, FORTITER IN RE -

  gentle in manner, firm in deeds.     

 

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    Special thanks to:
 
michael ismael flores (YJ 1990)
 reggie raagas  (YJ 1993)
 karim mangondaya  (YJ 1996)
candice barilea (YJ 1997)
 bambz de jesus  (YJ 1998)
 

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