Victory Liner

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Victory Liner
VictoryLinerLogo.jpg
Slogan "We Move People Better Safer"
Founded 1945
Headquarters 713 Rizal Avenue Extension, Barangay 72, Grace Park West, Caloocan City, Philippines
Service area Manila-Northern Luzon, Philippines Flag of the Philippines.svg
Service type Provincial Operation
Fleet 900+ bus units, (Ordinary, Air-Conditioned and Deluxe buses)
Operator Victory Liner, Inc.
Website www.victoryliner.com

Victory Liner, Inc. is one of the largest provincial bus companies operating in the Philippines. This bus company played a major role in transport industry since it became the product of Japanese occupation in the country after World War II.

Today, Victory Liner, Inc. has grown as one of the largest bus transportation business groups in the Philippines, servicing all key destinations in Northern Luzon and Southern Tagalog. As of today, Victory Liner deploys more than 900 buses in its daily operations. The company is a sister company of Five Star Bus Company.

Etymology[edit]

The company was founded by Mr. Jose Hernandez. Its beginnings trace back from the years of Japanese occupation in the country. The phrase "Victory Joe", reminiscent of America's victory in the World War II became a household word way back then, Mr. Hernandez decided to coin out the name of his bus firm from it, and so became Victory Liner.

History[edit]

Mr. Jose I. Hernandez, a pre-war mechanic, has collected bits and pieces of machinery, metals and spare parts from abandoned U.S. Military vehicles. He intended to build a delivery truck from scratch for his family's buy and sell business of rice, corn, vegetables and their home-made laundry soap. Upon completion of the truck, he was surprised to see that what he envisioned to be a delivery truck turned out to be more like a bus.

On October 15, 1945, Mr. Hernandez's first bus plied the Manila-Olongapo-Manila line. He was the driver and Leonardo D. Trinidad (a brother-in-law) was his conductor.

Never did he know that that was the start of a very big thing. Later on, the Hernandezes incorporated the business and became one of the main transport modes in the province of Zambales, Quezon and Batangas to ferry passengers and goods to and from Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Benguet, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela, Cagayan, Apayao, and Kalinga.

The Company was passed to the son of Mr. Hernandez, Johnny Hernandez.

In 2007, Victory Liner introduced a Deluxe class, Available only in Baguio and Cagayan Valley routes.

In 2011, Victory Liner initially equipped 50 air-conditioned buses with Sun Broadband Wireless Wi-Fi powered by Sun Cellular to allow passengers with Wi-Fi capable gadgets such as mobile phones, laptops and other wireless gadgets to log on to the Internet making travel more productive and entertaining.[1] Victory Liner will have the most number of buses with free Wi-Fi after Sun equips its whole fleet of air conditioned buses before the end of the year. To date, more than 600 airconditioned bused are equipped with Wi-Fi technology and still growing.[2]

In 2012, Victory Liner has tied up with AirAsia Philippines, the country’s newest low cost airline, to provide free shuttle service for inbound and outbound passengers of Clark International Airport for the convenience of AirAsia passengers and guests, Victory Liner shuttle bus provides return services from Dau and Marquee Mall to Clark airport.

Recently, Victory Liner together with its sister companies, Five Star, Sta. Lucia Express uses Tachograph to its fleets to monitor drivers who are over-speeding or who are speeding beyond 120 km/h per hour continuously. Drivers who violate the rule will be automatically suspended.

Fleet[edit]

Victory Liner's fleet is composed of buses powered by engines built by leading brands. Certain bus models are specified as follows.

Santarosa Motorworks, Inc.[edit]

  • EXFOH
  • SR 620 NV
  • SR Modulo
  • NDPC Euro
  • SR BF106
  • SR BV115
  • Flexstar

Del Monte Motor Works, Inc.[edit]

  • Aero Adamant
  • Aero Extreme
  • DM09
  • DM10
  • DM12
  • Lion's Star

Daewoo[edit]

  • BF106
  • BV115
  • FX120

Hino[edit]

  • RF (only 2 units)
  • RF (ordinary, defunct)
    • Blue Ribbon High Decker (defunct)
    • Grandtheater (defunct)
    • Prisma (defunct)
  • RK

Hyundai[edit]

Isuzu[edit]

Kia[edit]

King Long[edit]

  • XMQ6118JB
  • XMQ6126Y
  • XMQ6119T
  • XMQ6117Y3

MAN Diesel[edit]

  • 14.232
  • 16.290
  • 18.280
  • 18.310
  • 18.350
  • 18.420

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation[edit]

Nissan Diesel UD Trucks[edit]

  • CPB87N (using FE6B engine)
  • SP215NSB (using FE6C engine)
  • UA
  • RB31S (using PE6 engines)
  • RB46S (using PE6(T) engines)
  • JA430SAN (using PE6(T) engines)
  • JA450SSN (using PF6(A/T) engines)
  • JP252PSN (using FE6C engines)

Kässbohrer Setra[edit]

  • S215HR (2-units only)

Yutong[edit]

  • ZK6100H (2-units only)
  • ZK6107H
  • ZK6122H

Victory Liner coaches are built by local bus body builders like Almazora Motors, Santarosa Philippines, Pilipinas Hino, and Del Monte Motorworks; as well as foreign coach builders like King Long and Yutong of China, and Kia and Hyundai of Korea.

Victory Liner also has its own recapping plant. This facility has the capacity to build coaches (which are also used in their fleet), or to refurbish old or dilapidated coaches originally made by other coach builders.

Gallery[edit]

Fare Classes[edit]

  • Ordinary Fare (non-air conditioned buses)
  • Economy Fare (air-conditioned buses with ordinary fare, some units equipped with audio/video and free wifi on-board)
  • Air Conditioned (45 and 49-seater, audio/video equipped with free wifi on-board)
  • Deluxe (air-conditioned buses with 31 passenger seats, spacious leg-room, audio/video equipped, free wifi on board, no restroom)
  • Regular Deluxe (air-conditioned buses with 41 passenger seats; audio/video equipped, free wifi on board, restroom equipped, one-stop only for Cagayan Valley trips)
  • First Class (air-conditioned buses with 29 passenger wide-seats; spacious leg-room, audio/video equipped, free wifi on board, free Philippine Star newspapers, restroom equipped for Baguio and Tuguegarao trips only; plus free snacks, free use of iPads loaded with apps, non-stop service with stewardess on board available in addition to Baguio trips only)

Destinations[edit]

Metro Manila[edit]

Provincial Destinations[edit]

Inter-Provincial Destinations[edit]

  • Cagayan Valley
    • Tuguegarao City-Dagupan City via San Jose City
    • Ilagan City-Dagupan City via San Jose City
    • Roxas-Dagupan City via San Jose City
    • Santiago City-Dagupan City via San Jose City
    • Tabuk City-Dagupan City via San Jose City
    • Tabuk City-Baguio City via San Jose City
  • Pangasinan
    • Bolinao-Baguio City via Dagupan City
    • Dagupan City-Baguio City via Agoo
    • Dagupan City-Tuguegarao City via San Jose City
    • Dagupan City-Ilagan City, Isabela
    • Dagupan City-Roxas, Isabela
    • Dagupan City-Santiago City
    • Dagupan City-Tabuk City, Kalinga
    • Dagupan City-Alaminos City-Sta. Cruz
    • Dagupan City-Olongapo City via Iba-Sta. Cruz-Alaminos City
    • Dagupan City-Tarlac City-Dau
  • Baguio City
    • Baguio City-Dagupan City via Agoo or Pozorrubio/Manaoag
    • Baguio City-Bolinao via Dagupan City
    • Baguio City-Sta. Cruz, Zambales via Iba-Alaminos City
    • Baguio City-Olongapo City via Dau, Tarlac
    • Baguio City-Tarlac City-Dau
    • Baguio City-Tabuk City via San Jose City
  • Zambales
    • Olongapo City-Baguio City via Dau-Tarlac
    • Sta. Cruz-Baguio City via Alaminos City-Dagupan City
    • Olongapo City-San Felipe, vice-versa
    • Olongapo City-Iba, vice versa
    • Olongapo City-Sta. Cruz, vice versa
    • Olongapo City-Dagupan City via Iba-Alaminos City
    • Olongapo City-Balanga City, Bataan vice-versa
    • Olongapo City-San Fernando City, Pampanga
    • Olongapo City-Guagua, Pampanga

Former Destinations[edit]

Victory Liner's fictional route was Lucena City, Quezon based on the show Mara Clara (2010 TV series). Currently, Victory Liner doesn't have any Southern Luzon destinations. However, they did ply the Bicol route from its Pasay terminal for a short period of time in the early 90's until it was suspended by the LTFRB because of complaints filed by several Southern Luzon bus operators citing that any bus company operating in Northern Luzon must not operate in Southern Luzon under the same name.

Subsidiaries[edit]

Sta. Lucia Express

Bicol Isarog Transport System Inc.

  • Bicol Region
    • RSL Bus Line Corp., Isarog Line Express Transport, & Penafrancia Tours & Travel Transport Inc.

References[edit]

For Further Reading[edit]

  • Sixty Years, 2007, Victory Liner, Inc. - a comprehensive history of Victory Liner.
  • 65th Anniversary, 2011, Victory Liner, Inc. - "Ang Tunay na Joyride"

External links[edit]