Animo San Beda Wall

Dedicated to the Animo Scarf Team and the Bedan Red Army.




Pictures by tatzkee, jc and laineyjavier of Bedista.com.

Youtube by AnimoRedLions.

Animo Scarf Team (alexeryap, jabedan and bokbok of Bedista.com)


San Beda Lion’s Roar (aka Indian Chant) and the Hippie Rain Chant!

Hand drums and log poles were often used to provide a beat. The tribe was constantly traveling to follow the seasonal migration, making large drums hard to care for and transport. Most songs were passed down from generation to generation; some having special words that belonged to a certain tribe or nation, some containing no words. – http://www.crystalinks.com/powwow.html

Honoring the Counter-culture Generation

Two decades of defiant Indian Yelling and War Chanting, coupled by the personal experience with student unrest centered on Mendiola, Bedans of the late 60s and early 70s identified themselves with the global counter-culture generation whose apex was reached during the August 15-17 Woodstock festival of 1969. Woodstock ’69 was considered the highlight of counter-culture Hippie generation with roots in both Eastern mysticism and the American Indian way of life.

The event was conceived as a profit oriented commercial venture. Tickets were sold, food stand concessions were agreed and a movie-documentary and soundtrack/music rights to cover the event were signed. Events overpowered the commercial motivation in favor of a spontaneous gathering of Hippies and wannabes. The rest was history.



The Woodstock Festival was filmed and the music from the soundtrack was released afterwards. Woodstock (subtitled “3 Days of Peace & Music)* was the documentary about the festival released March 26, 1970. The film was directed by Micahel Wadleigh and edited by (amongst others) Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonaked; Schoonmaker was nominated for an Academy Award for Film Editing. It received the Academy Award for Documentary Feature, as well as a nomination for Best Sound. The Official Director’s Cut spans 225 minutes. According to the book “Woodstock: An Inside Look at the Movie That Shook Up the World and Defined a Generation” , the movie soundtrack was finished 18 weeks or approximately 4 months after the festival.

“The making of the sound track for the documentary concert film Woodstock posed numerous technical and logistical challenges…It’s completion marked the turning point in the development of sound-for-picture.” – Dan Wallin

Music from the Original Soundtrack and More, or more commonly Woodstock, was the live music performance originally released one year later (August 15, 1970). It came out as a set of 3 LPs five months after the the premiere of the movie. The music for the LP was taken from the movie soundtrack with some modifications.


The Bedan infatuation with Native American war whooping was fundamental in the immediate adaptation of the American Indian inspired Hippie Rain Chant. Bedans were already chanting a shorter version of the “Wohoooo” for two decades and the emergence of the hippie wohoooo after Woodstock ’69 was an opportunity to enhance the Indian war whooping. The integration of the Hippie Rain Chant with Bedan Indian cheering tradition particularly the Indian Yell was openly embraced.


San Beda’s Lion’s Roar (a.k.a. Indian chant) was initially used to signify the entry of the Little Indians and as a prelude to the Indian Yell. Eventually it served as a stand-alone chant distinct from the Indian Yell itself. Considered as a derivative chant of all the previous “Wohoooos”, and other American Indian inspired war whooping , the Roar is still an integral part of the Bedan arsenal in the battle for supremacy in Philippine collegiate sports.


The history and Native American inspiration of the Hippies ,along with their Rain Chant, was almost forgotten. The Establishment hijacked the Hippie Movement together with the underlying culture of defiance. The movement and their symbols were repackaged as “cool” commodities for commercial consumption. From counter-culture to commerce-culture, history drifted towards delusion and collective amnesia.


Being true and respectful of the counter-culture generation, we bring to you this video clip taken from the original movie “Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music” to acknowledge the indebtedness of the Bedan collegiate cheering to the Hippies and Native Americans.Witness the mud, filth and fury (well not exactly) of the original clip only down-to-earth street smart Bedans from the counter-culture generation would readily embrace!


The Bedan infatuation with American Indian is self-evident. The relationship of Hippies with Native Americans will not be denied! Wooohooooooo! Go San Beda! Fight!


Now listen to a modern rendition of an Indian Rain Chant dubbed “Acid Rain Dance”:





*An important clarification. Note that in the Music LP, the Rain Chant was used as a segue to the music of Carlos Santana (August 16, Saturday). In the documentary film, the Rain Chant was recorded after the several hour long rainstorm and prior to the performance of Country Joe and the Fish (August 17, Sunday). Which is which? It was done after the rainstorm. The term used by the movie producer “Rain Chant” was actually a misnomer since the Indian Rain Chant was a prayer for rain. The Hippie Rain Chant was a celebration amidst the mud, rain and the filth. A “No Rain Chant” really!


Woodstock: An Inside Look at the Movie That Shook Up the World and Defined a Generation edited by Dale Bell http://www.amazon.com/Woodstock-Inside-Movie-Defined-Generation/dp/094118871X

Woodstock Festival. Wikipedia entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodstock_Festival)

Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack. Wikipedia entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodstock:_Music_from_the_Original_Soundtrack_and_More)

Discussions with Bedan Boosters and hardcore.


Cheer/Song Books circa 1950s


” The Elders” doing some  traditional  cheers in a Powwow.

The battle for supremacy in the old NCAA  has always included San Beda in the equation.  The 1920s, 1930s, 1950s and the 1970s saw the greatest battles fought by Red Lions  under the Red and White banner.  It was during these historic campaigns  that battle cheers, songs and chants were developed and nourished.  During this Golden Era of the NCAA, San Beda’s cheering tradition was  forged in blood, sweat and tears. To date, San Beda continue to remain a traditional cheering school. Not a surprise since stability and continuity are Benedictine values taught to Bedans of different generations.

The books presented here came from the Crispulo Zamora era of the 1950s. The Zamora cup was the most coveted crown during the post-war NCAA.  San Beda retired the Cup in 1955.

*Pictures and youtube provided by stardust  and projectorking of Bedista.com


Hippies and Indians

“Pow Wow A Gathering Of The Tribes For A Human Be-In”.

“Pow Wow A Gathering Of The Tribes For A Human Be In”

Original poster designed by Rick Griffin, featuring an illustration of a Plains Indian on horseback cluching a blanket and holding an electric guitar, announcing the first ‘Human Be-In’Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Jan. 14, 1967. Along with Ginsberg, the poster lists all the other main participants, who included Timothy Leary, Michael McClure, Gary Snyder, Lenore Kandel, Jerry Rubin, and Richard Alpert. Live music was provided by Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & The Holding Co., Sir Douglas Quintet, Loading Zone, and a few members of Country Joe & The Fish, who backed folksinger Pat Kilroy. A rare, era-defining poster for the first mass Be -in, and the event generally considered to have ushered in the ‘Summer of Love’ in California.


Hippies and Native Americans?

Carlos Santana, an icon of the counter-culture generation can explain the connection between Hippies and Indians.

  • “I bring practical spirituality together with the rebel from the street, because I still live the principles of the sixties. I’m still a hippie. We were rainbow warriors, reincarnated Native American Indians who wanted a different dimension of existence.” – taken from http://www.wie.org/j28/santana.asp

  • ” San Francisco was the greatest blessing that transformed my existence,” proclaims Santana, who looks cool in a black ribbed cotton pullover shirt, black sweatpants, woven leather burgundy slip-ons, and a black Hugo cap. Around his neck is a large gold chain with a star shaped angel pendant that hangs mid-chest. “The hippies I hung out with were probing some serious, profound questions beyond government, beyond religion, beyond the status quo. Hippies represented the highest good for people on the planet—not for blacks, or whites, but for the whole thing. The real Hippies, I feel, are like reincarnated American Indians that we call Rainbow Warriors.” – taken from http://www.aumag.org/coverstory/May04cover.html

  • “Some hippies sold out. They came to San Francisco with fake mustaches just to get free drugs and sex and free food. But there’s real hippies still – American Indians, the first people of the land, and there’re still musicians who are deeply invested in utilizing their music.” – taken from http://www.jambase.com/Articles/Story.aspx?StoryID=11942&pagenum=0

In the Philippine Collegiate Sports, Indian War whooping is a Bedan Tradition since 1947 with the introduction of the Indian Yell. The “Woodstock Rain Chanting” adopted by Bedans as the Lion’s Roar (Indian Chant) in 1970 is part and parcel of that tradition.

Whoever said that Hippies have no connection with Native Americans?

Wooooohoooooooooo! Go San Beda Fight!


Stand on the Grandstand!


(Yeah, with the line Animo San Beda! Beat _________!)

“Stand on the Grandstand” is unique because it is the only official Bedan cheer that was banned by the SBC administration in the late 70s for being too aggressive. The cheer was dropped from the official cheers hoping to be forgotten. It went underground instead and was used especially during Powwows.

Things changed. The “violence” associated with the cheer was forgotten. Bedans , being true to tradition, slowly revived the cheer in the late 90s. Now it’s back with a vengeance! Our tradition is alive!

The Old Guards in a 2006 NCAA victory party

The Bedans from Alabang!


Stand on the grandstand
Beat on the tin can
Who can, we can, nobody else can

Animo San Beda! Beat ______!

Animo San Beda! Beat ______!

Animo San Beda! Beat_______!

Fight Team Fight!


Kudos goes to UST for dropping their rendition of the “Stand on the Grandstand”.

…when some members read in an online forum that San Beda was claiming the “Animo” cheer as theirs, they looked into the claim. When they found out that the claim had basis, the Yellow Jackets immediately took it off its list of cheers.

See: http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/you/2bu/view_article.php?article_id=86636


War Chants!


San Beda’s Indian Yell!  

 Marching Illini!

FSU War Chant!





Of Bedans and Indians

Of Bedans and Indians


The Bedan Indian Yell and the Indian Chant (more popularly known as the Lion’s Roar) traces its roots to  the North American infatuation with Native American War Whooping. One only has to read literature on Native American studies to comprehend this deep love/hate relationship of the the Americans with the native population.

**The origin of Wahooo/Wohoooo**

The first ever known version of the Native American War Whoop (also known as the wohoooo/wahooo) in collegiate sports was the 1878 Indian Yell of Dartmouth College. This was followed a decade later by University of Virginia’s version of the Wahoooooo. The Wahoooo of Darthmouth was cheered while that of UV was sung.

**Infatuation with Native Culture**

American symbolism and iconography were heavy on Indian content. “Playing Indian” is well entrenched in the American psyche. As some researchers claim, this adaptation is in fact driven by the partial rejection of their European roots and the acclimation of an American one especially during the formation of the new republic.

Why the attraction to North American Indians by early colonists? For the colonists, the Natives represented the “spirit of the new world” which is in conjunction with the freedom the former yearned for. The Native people provided a model of a proud, free, and fiercely independent lifestyle.

The social phenomenon of playing Indians also have deep political roots. The first protest using Indian imagery occurred in 1734 when a group of colonists dressed as Indians forced themselves in a meeting of the British governor and British soldiers to protest a new law. Known as the Mast Tree Riot, the British solders were beaten by the “White Indians”.

**Hippies and Native Americans**

The Hippie movement is an anti-establishment way of life. The Hippies saw in Native American culture the perceived harmony with nature which they tried to emulate (hippies like “The Seekers”) They established hippie communal tribes, used native American clothing, used peace pipes for “social gatherings”, created Native American inspired rituals and the like. The Movement reached its apex during the Woodstock Festival of 1969. From the Woodstock of 1969, the world heard the Hippie version of the “Wahoooo/Wohoooooo” dubbed as the the “Rain Chant” by the producer of the Woodstock Documentary film released in 1970. The term “Rain Chanting” is already a giveaway that the Woodstock Wohoooo is Native American.

**Bedans and Native American chanting**

San Beda’s infatuation with Native American chanting in collegiate sports was officially established with the introduction of the Indian Yell in 1947. The Cuerba brothers composed the Indian Yell in 1947 after the liberation from the Japanese empire. The Indian Yell was initially solely performed on drums accompanied by cheers from the students. However, this made the cheer somewhat lacking in power and needed something to rejuvenate the audience. So they changed the sound of the yell and incorporated a horn section. Accompanied by the tomahawk chop, the Indian Yell became more lively, intimidating, and full of spirit.

The Indian Yell is San Beda’s romanticized version of the Indian war whoop. It mimics the native Indian war chants and vocalization techniques designed to intimidate the opponent. North American Indian war chants are verbalization of tunes that implore the great spirits to help them in battle.

The Little Indians were also introduced , both as junior “cheerleaders” for the yell and for visual impact. A shorter version of the Wohooo is incorporated in the chorus of the Indian Yell. Before the start of the Yell, other forms of Native American chanting is done especially the “Awowowowowowowowowo!

San Beda’s Lion’s Roar (aka Indian Chant) is also organically linked with an old Bedan tradition of “Playing Indian”. The roar is a derivative chant of the Indian yell whose version was adopted from hippiedoms infatuation with Native Culture during Woodstock ’69. As what has been said earlier, the Woodstock Wohooo is Native American inspired.

** Scouting Movement as the Foundation**

What is the foundation of this Bedan infatuation with Native Americans? The Scouting Movement which we acquired from our American colonizers.

American boys and girls became part of this love -affair through various youth movements like the Son’s of Daniel Boone, Seton’s Woodcraft Indians then The Boy Scout Movement, Camp Fire Girls, The Y-Indian guide of the YMCA and the likes. “Playing Indians” and learning Indian wood crafts became a part of life for many kids.

This same infatuation reached San Beda via the Scouting Movement and reinforced by pop culture as seen and heard on television, movies, music, and sports.

“PLAYING INDIAN” in Philippine collegiate sports is primarily and traditionally Bedan.

Woooohooooooooooo! Go San Beda Fight!
Umpa Umpa Umpa! Hey Yu Kim Kum Kawa!
Wohooo! Wohooo! Wohooo! (Indian Yell chorus)
Polly Wolly Wanna! Polly Wolly Wooooo!



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