Victory Liner

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Victory Liner, Inc.
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A Victory Liner Bus en route to Baguio.
Slogan We move people better...safer.
Taking you places for 70 years
Founded 1945; 73 years ago (1945)
Headquarters 713 Rizal Avenue Ext., Brgy. 72, Grace Park West, Caloocan City, Philippines
Service area Northern Luzon and Central Luzon
Service type Land Transport
Alliance Five Star Bus Company
Destinations Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Northern Luzon
Hubs Caloocan
Stations Cubao, Kamias, Caloocan, Pasay, Avenida and Earnshaw Sampaloc
Fleet 900+
Operator Victory Liner, Inc.
Website www.victoryliner.com
Victory Liner SR Daewoo BH117H departing for Baguio in Mabalacat Pampanga Bus Terminal

Victory Liner, Inc. (VLI) is one of the largest provincial bus companies operating in the Philippines, servicing routes mainly to the provinces of Central Luzon which includes Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan and Northern Luzon which includes Benguet, Pangasinan, Nueva Vizcaya, Kalinga, Isabela and Cagayan.[1] 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, with used Chevy trucks from the United States Army as their primary transportation fleet.[2][3]

Today, Victory Liner has grown as one of the largest bus transportation business groups in the Philippines, servicing all key destinations in Northern and Central Luzon. Victory Liner deploys more than 900 buses in its daily operations. It is the 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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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. Jose Hernandez, Johnny Hernandez.[5]

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.[6] 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 buses and are equipped with Wi-Fi technology and still growing.[7]

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.[8]

Fleet[edit]

Victory Liner Old Baguio Terminal for short inter-provincial routes.
A Victory Liner bus at Baguio City

Victory Liner maintains and utilize the following:

Here are the list includes:

Santarosa Motor Works

  • Daewoo BV115 Cityliner/Jetliner
  • Daewoo BF106 (Non-airconditioned units)
  • Daewoo BS106
  • Daewoo BH117H
  • Santarosa MAN Modulo
  • Santarosa Nissan Diesel JA450SSN
  • Santarosa Nissan Diesel PKB212N
  • Santarosa Nissan Diesel CPB87N
  • Santarosa Nissan Diesel NV SR620
  • Santarosa Nissan Diesel SP215NSB

Zyle Daewoo Corportation

  • Daewoo FX120 Cruising Star

Higer

  • Higer KLQ6119QE3

Hyundai

  • Hyundai Universe Space Classic
  • Hyundai Universe Space Luxury
  • Hyundai Universe Space Luxury Premium
  • Hyundai Universe Xpress Noble
  • Hyundai Universe Space Comfort
  • Hyundai AeroSpace LS
  • Hyundai Super Aero City
  • Hyundai Unicity

Kia

  • Kia Granbird Parkway

King Long

  • King Long XMQ6117Y3

Almazora

  • MAN Lion Star 18:310
  • MAN R39 18.350 HOCL
  • MAN Tourist RE Regio 18.350

Yutong

  • Yutong ZK6107HA
  • Yutong ZK6129H
  • Yutong ZK6122HD9

AutoDelta

  • Volvo/Autodelta B7R GL6127HKC1 (in Volvo 9800 front fascia)
  • Guilin Daewoo GL6127HKC1

Del Monte

  • Volvo B7R DMMC DM16S2
  • DMMC DM 10
  • DMMC DM 12
  • DMMC DM 14
    Victory Liner King Long XMQ6117Y3 departing Mabalacat Bus Terminal on its way back to Cubao Terminal in Quezon City

Fare Classes[edit]

Each and every unit of their buses has its own fare classes:

  • Ordinary fare (3 × 2 seating)
  • Regular air conditioned (2 × 2 seating)
  • Victory Liner DMMW DM16S2 departing Mabalacat Bus Terminal on its way back to Cubao, Quezon City
    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, free newspaper, snacks, and lastly their latest individual media on-demand monitors for new fleet of Deluxe buses)
    • Baguio First Class has stewardess while Tuguegarao First Class has no stewardess.

Internet connectivity via WiFi access is available in all buses.

Terminals[edit]

Metro Manila[edit]

  • Rizal Avenue Extension, Caloocan City
  • EDSA Cubao, Quezon City
  • EDSA Kamias, Quezon City
  • EDSA Pasay City
  • Earnshaw St., Sampaloc Manila

Provincial[edit]

Victory Liner's terminal in Olongapo
  • San Vicente, Apalit, Pampanga
  • Jose Abad Santos Avenue, Dolores, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
  • Ibayo, Balanga City
  • Palanginan, Iba, Zambales
  • West Bajac-bajac, Olongapo City
  • Poblacion North, Santa Cruz, Zambales
  • Quezon Ave., Alaminos City, Pangasinan
  • Concordia, Bolinao, Pangasinan
    Victory's newest addition to the Hyundai Bus Fleet, the Hyundai Universe Space Luxury Premium at Caloocan Motorpool, Monumento, Caloocan City
    Perez Blvd., Dagupan City
  • Governor Pack Road, Baguio City
  • Upper Session Road, Baguio City
  • Guinatan, Ilagan City, Isabela
  • Bantug, Roxas, Isabela
  • Calao East, Santiago City, Isabela
  • Maharlika Highway, Penge-Ruyu, Tuguegarao City

Major Destinations[edit]

Metro Manila[edit]

Victory Liner's Kamias terminal

Provincial Destinations[edit]

A Victory Liner at Double Happiness Bus Stop, Lubao, Pampanga

Inter-Provincial Routes (vice versa)[edit]

Olongapo

  • Baguio via Tarlac or TPLEX/San Fernando
  • Dau via SCTEX
  • Clark International Airport
  • Iba
  • Sta. Cruz
  • San Felipe
  • Balanga
  • San Fernando

Sta. Cruz

  • Olongapo
  • Dagupan
  • Baguio via Alaminos

Dagupan

  • Baguio
  • Sta. Cruz via Alaminos
  • Clark International Airport
  • Roxas
  • Santiago
  • Tuguegarao (Five Star bus unit)

Baguio

  • Olongapo via Tarlac/San Fernando
  • Dagupan via San Fabian/Agoo
  • Sta. Cruz via Alaminos
  • Bolinao

San Fernando

  • Baguio via TPLEX
  • Tuguegarao via TPLEX/Guimba

recently they open the Tuguegarao-Santiago route vice versa

Subsidiaries[edit]

  • Sta. Lucia Express (Avenida-Candon)
  • Five Star

The Fleet[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Know your North: A cinematic journey with Victory Liner". malaya.com.ph. Retrieved 2017-06-23. 
  2. ^ a b Orejas, Tonette. "Victory Liner zooms ahead at 70". business.inquirer.net. Retrieved 2017-06-23. 
  3. ^ a b abcatubig (2015-10-05). "Limlingan: Victory Liner, Inc. through the years". SunStar. Retrieved 2017-06-23. 
  4. ^ Inquirer, Philippine Daily. "Victory Liner pays it forward through foundation". business.inquirer.net. Retrieved 2017-06-23. 
  5. ^ "Victory Liner: 65 years on the road". philstar.com. Retrieved 2017-06-23. 
  6. ^ Philippine Star Online: Victory Liner is the newest Wi-Fi spot
  7. ^ Manila Bulletin Online: Victory Liner equips all its buses with free Wi-Fi
  8. ^ "AirAsia Philippines Free Shuttle Bus Now Available in Clark - The Lost Boy Lloyd". The Lost Boy Lloyd. 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2017-06-23. 

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