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Philtranco Service Enterprises, Inc.
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Philtranco Bus heading back to Pasay - Cubao.
FoundedJuly 14, 1914; 108 years ago (1914-07-14)
Service areaBicol, Eastern Visayas, Caraga, Davao Region, Northern Mindanao
Service typeProvincial Operation
AllianceArchipelago Philippine Ferries Corporation Amihan Bus Lines
Philtouristers Inc. Mantrade Inc.

Philtranco Service Enterprises, Inc. (Philippine Transportation Company) is a bus company in the Philippines, servicing routes to Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Caraga, Davao Region, and Northern Mindanao. It is the oldest bus operator in the Philippines and in Asia.[1][2][3] It is also the only bus carrier with a nationwide public transport franchise.[4] Philtranco currently has more than 250 buses for its operations.


Philtranco was established in 1914 when Mr. Albert Louis Ammen and Mr. Max Blouse organized the AL Ammen Transportation Company (ALATCO), operating passenger buses from Iriga to Naga.

In 1958, ownership was transferred to the Tuason family, and just before Martial Law, in 1971, to the Mantrade Group. It was then known as Pantranco South Express, Inc. (PSEI)

Creditors took over and re-engineered the company in 1974, enabling a financial turnaround despite the series of financial setbacks that hit the country in the eighties.

By 1979, the company expanded its coverage to the eastern Visayas region and went into ferry operations at the San Bernardino Strait three years after.

In 1984, the company formally changed its name to Philtranco Service Enterprises, Inc.

Two years later, in 1986, the LUZVIMINDA run was launched. This was the first archipelago-wide bus-cum-ferry operation which finally united the islands of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Soon after, both cargo truck and air-conditioned bus services followed with the company's Mindanao expansion.

Philtranco 17-series and 18-series parked in Iriga City, Camarines Sur.

In 1997, a group of young businessmen who had had success in running their own transport companies acquired a controlling interest. However, after just 2 years, the group accepted an offer by Penta Pacific Realty Corporation.

The company supported the Strong Republic Nautical Highway 2002 project of the government which opened opportunities for trade, commerce and tourism in the western Visayan corridor of the country.

In 2003, the Philtranco central station was built at the heart of Pasay. It features an automated passenger and baggage check-in system, fully air-conditioned pre-departure area, and a 24/7 staff committed to maintain the safety, orderliness and cleanliness of the station.

The company further opened the route from Manila to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark, Pampanga in 2004; and subsequently, extended the connection to Subic.

A Philtranco bus heading to Buhi, Camarines Sur.

It also constructed the Cubao common terminal in Quezon City in 2005.[5]

A Philtranco bus parked in Silago, Southern Leyte

Philtranco's terminal network functions not only as passenger stations but also provide repair, maintenance and refueling facilities for the fleet. There are currently thirty four (34) terminals and sub-stations.

Philtranco currently has 250 buses and provides transport services through Southern Tagalog, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and the Mindanao regions.


  • Cubao - Araneta City Bus Port, General Romulo Ave, Cubao, Quezon City
  • Pasay - EDSA corner, Apelo Cruz St, Pasay
  • Daet, Camarines Norte - 3 Gov Panotes Ave, Daet, Camarines Norte
  • Naga - Naga City Central Bus Terminal, Triangulo, Diversion Road, Naga City
  • Bocaue - North Luzon Express Terminal (NLET), Ciudad de Victoria, Bocaue, Bulacan
  • Iriga - San Nicolas Maharlika Highway, Iriga City
  • Legazpi - Legazpi Grand Central Terminal, Bitano, Legazpi City
  • Iloilo - Land height II, Brgy. Buntatala, Tagbak, Jaro, Iloilo City
  • Tacloban - Tacloban Bus Terminal, Brgy. Abucay, Tacloban City
  • Cagayan de Oro - Agora Bus Terminal, Brgy. Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City
  • Davao - Candelaria Street, Ecoland Bus Terminal, Davao City
  • Surigao - Lipata Port, Surigao City
  • Tandag - Tandag City Bus Teminal, Tandag City
  • Dau - Dau Terminal, Mabalacat City
  • Marikina - BFCT East Terminal, Marikina, 1800 Metro Manila


Metro Manila[edit]

Provincial Destinations[edit]


Current Philtranco's subsidiaries:[citation needed]

  • Amihan Bus Lines Inc.
  • Philtourister Inc.[6][7]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Celebrating Two of the Most Prestigious Transportation Companies of the Philippines" (PDF). Byahe Na!. No. 19 (October–December ed.). 2018. p. 11. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  2. ^ Caparas, Kheem (June 28, 2012). "The Philtranco Heritage Museum for the oldest transportation company". Vigattin Tourism. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "Ten biggest bus companies in the Philippines". Anything Pinoy. October 13, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  4. ^ Ferriols, Des (January 20, 2000). "Alvarez takes over Philtranco". The Philippine Star. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "About Us - Philtranco". Philtranco. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  6. ^ "PhilKargo | Philtranco". Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  7. ^ "Philkargo « HEY COMPANIES". Retrieved 2016-11-20.