Last Updated on May 16, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

University of Santo Tomas 50 loose scholarships Introduction:

The University of Santo Tomas is due to drop several of its athletes from its program in December. Due to lack of budget from incoming school fees. 

It is standard procedure for UST to drop non-performing athletes, but it usually happens around June. Leaking information from the Varsitarian (UST official student newspaper). 

The Management Committee of UST promptly ordered the article to be removed.

In light of this, further incidents uncovered a Sports Bubble in Sorsogon of the UST Basketball team led by coach Aldrin Ayo.

 Investigations followed, and Aldrin Ayo resigned; the UAAP Board decided to ban Ayo from ever coaching again at the UAAP. 

Consequently, UST went through 3 Sports Directors as well, with Fr. Abogado resigning. 

Fr. Sagon taking over as Interim Sports Director, and then Fr. Casancio taking over after that.

The University of Santo Tomas  names new athletic director as post-‘Sorsogon Bubble’ era begins:

MANILA, Philippines – The University of Santo Tomas has appointed Fr. Rodel Cansancio, OP, as its new Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA) director in the aftermath of the “Sorsogon Bubble” controversy.

Cansancio took over from Fr. Ermito De Sagon, OP. 

He assumed the role on an interim basis last August following Fr. Jannel Abogado’s resignation, OP.

A former principal of The University of Santo Tomas High School. Cansancio will now serve as the school’s representative on the UAAP Board of Managing Directors.


The situation of Manila College Sports becomes even direr. When two of its major UAAP schools are now looking at having to slash athletes from their program

According to sources and the articles from The Varsitarian ( The University of Santo Tomas Very own student newspaper) and Panay News. The University of Santo Tomas. Manila Colleges now face budget cuts. 

Budget cuts are due to the postponement of classes leading to non-scholarship student enrollment/tuition fees, which fund the scholarship athletes as lost revenue due to the COVID-19. 

While in the wake of Letran, TIP, and Perpetual suspending their sports programs and scholarships for a year.

University of Santo Tomas Athletes loses scholarships.

University of Santo Tomas

According to the Varsitarian, The University of Santo Tomas student newspaper. 30 Student-Athletes from different sports lose their scholarship next term.

“Wala pang formal letter na binibigay sa amin pero sinabihan na kami na hindi na kami scholars. Nagbawas na sa amin, halos lahat ng Team B wala na,” a student-athlete said to the Varsatarian.

Fr. Richard Ang O.P., The University of Santo Tomas rector, announced that scholarships granted during the second semester of the academic year 2019-2020 would continue until December this year.

The student-athletes interviewed by the Varsitarian belong to six different teams.
Panay News stated the Basketball team remains intact, with two displaced athletes from TIP assured in a transfer.


“Wala namang pagbabago sa team. Unaffected parin ang basketball,” said the source who refused to be named. “In fact, the players were told to stay fit as they will resume practices after the lockdown.”


Meanwhile, another source revealed to Panay News that the women’s volleyball team took a minor blow.

Its key players’ benefits have been diminished, dropping some of its reserve players from the roster.

Lyceum of the Philippines is safe.


In light of the Tribune’s posting that Lyceum of the Philippines was also downsizing its program. Pinoyathletics in a phone talk with Sports Director Hercules Callanta. It is assuring that LPU has contingency plans in place. 

Dean Herc also advised that there were online learning plans in place for student-athletes. It was resuming in August. For those who do not have a live stream.

Looking at Email, Mail, and Radio as alternative ways to ensure Lyceum of the Philippines University Students have more comprehensive access to continue their education.

In Conclusion

The UAAP has yet to announce whether Season 82 would still resume. Furthermore, when the new one would begin. However, Manila Schools have already sent their athletes back to the provinces for extended vacations with their families.

Unfortunately, now several athletes face the prospect of no scholarships when they get back due to the uncertainty of sporting programs due to COVID. Due to schools having recruitment of student-athletes as the last priority for them right now.

There will be no recruitment for at least another year to protect their current rosters, with many stating. It seems that many athletes will likely end up having to return to schools closer to their hometowns. Betmaster

There are still lots of questions under these articles about the athletes.

  1. Such as what will happen to them?
  2. The processing of the continuity of their schooling to their origins?
  3. The assistance or Incentives such as transportation back to their province allowance?
  4. Or in the form of back pay for the athlete to start?



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