Victory Liner

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Victory Liner, Inc.
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Slogan We move people better...safer.
Taking you places for 70 years
Founded 1945; 72 years ago (1945)
Headquarters 713 Rizal Avenue Ext., Brgy. 72, Grace Park West, Caloocan City, Philippines
Service area Manila-Central and Northern Luzon
Service type Provincial Operation
Fleet 900+ Buses (Daewoo, Hyundai, Kia, King Long, MAN, UD Nissan Diesel, Yutong, Volvo)
Operator Victory Liner, Inc.
Website www.victoryliner.com

Victory Liner, Inc. is one of the largest provincial bus companies operating in the Philippines, servicing routes mainly in cities of Baguio & Tabuk and the provinces of Zambales, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union Cagayan, Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya. 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 and Central Luzon. As of today, Victory Liner deploys more than 900 buses in its daily operations. It is a sister company of Five Star.

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]

Victory Liner terminal in Baguio.

Mr. Jose I. Hernandez, a pre-war mechanic, had collected bits and pieces of machinery, metals and spare parts from abandoned U.S. Military vehicles intending 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.

Mr. Hernandez was unaware 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, La Union, Tarlac, Benguet, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela, Cagayan, Apayao, and Kalinga.

The Company was passed on 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 in their fleets to monitor drivers who may be over-speeding or who may be speeding beyond 120 km/h per hour continuously. Drivers who violate the rule are automatically suspended.

Fleet[edit]

Victory Liner utilizes and maintains Daewoo, Higer, Hino, Hyundai, Kia, King Long, MAN, UD Nissan Diesel, Volvo and Yutong units.

Fare Classes[edit]

  • Ordinary Fare (2 x 3 seating)
  • Regular Air Conditioned (2 x 2 seating)
  • Deluxe (2 x 2 seating with more leg room, water closet on board)
  • First Class (2 x 1 seating top-rated seats, water closet on board, and free newspaper, and snacks)

Internet connectivity via WiFi access is available in all buses.

Major Destinations[edit]

Inter-Provincial Routes[edit]

  • Dagupan City-Baguio City via Agoo or Manaoag
  • Dagupan City-Roxas
  • Dagupan City-Tabuk City
  • Dagupan City-Sta. Cruz
  • Baguio City-Bolinao via Agoo or Manaoag
  • Baguio City-Sta. Cruz via Agoo or Manaoag
  • Olongapo City-Baguio City via San Fernando
  • Olongapo City-San Felipe
  • Olongapo City-Iba
  • Olongapo City-Sta. Cruz
  • Olongapo City-Balanga City
  • Olongapo City-Dau via SCTEX
  • Olongapo City-San Fernando City via Gapan Road

Subsidiaries[edit]

Sta. Lucia Express

The Fleet[edit]

References[edit]

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]