AU Chiefs



Arellano University has always given priority to sports development which it considers as a vital component of human development through education.  In the 60’s and 70’s the university has participated and had done well in the area of basketball  through the participation of our team, the Arellano flaming Arrows in intercollegiate and commercial competitions.

The basketball fervor in the university was rekindled in 2001 through the organization of The Chiefs, which  did well in the NCRAA, Father Martin’s Cup, NAASCU, Sen. Kiko Pangilinan’s Cup and several other basketball leagues.  In Season ’85 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association ( NCAA)  in June, 2009  Arellano University joined the league as a guest member; it attained   probationary status before the opening of the 86th Season. After three years, Arellano University gained the regular member  status in the 89th Season, on April 2, 2013.

In October 2013, a new feather was added to the headdress of the Chiefs, when it joined the Development League of the Philippine Basketball Association, in partnership with Air 21.

The University adopted The Arellano University Chiefs as the  new name for its team In honor of the university’s namesake, Cayetano Arellano, First Filipino Chief Justice of the Philippines .

Also, the image of an Indian chief reflects that of the desired representation  of the team, a personification of the university itself. In the words of  Chairman and CEO Francisco P.V. Cayco “..the Indian  chief is all powerful and wise because he survives and thrives in all sorts of conditions;  he is versatile, successful, visible through the years; he is known for his wisdom, leadership and fierceness in battle…”. He recounted what  an Indian warrior has to go through to earn the feathers in his headdress, which when he wears speaks of the warrior’s bravery, loyalty to the tribe, wisdom and strength.  

For those who are interested to be part of the AU Chiefs, you can call or visit us at:


Arellano University – Main Campus
2600 Legarda St., Saampaloc, Manila
Tel. Nos.  734-7371 to 79 local 224