Victory Liner

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Victory Liner, Inc.
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A Victory Liner Bus Yutong ZK6122HD9 en route to Baguio.
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 Luzon
Service type Land Transport
Fleet 900+ Buses
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.
Victory Liner Old Baguio Terminal for short inter-provincial routes.

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.

Here are the list includes:

  • Daewoo BV115
  • Daewoo BF105
  • Daewoo BF106
  • Daewoo BS106
  • Daewoo BH117
  • Higer KLQ6119QE3
  • Hyundai Universe Classic
  • Hyundai Universe Comfort Space
  • Hyundai Super Aero City
  • Kia Granbird Parkway
  • King Long XMQ6117Y3
  • King Long XMQ6126Y
  • MAN R39 18.350 HOCL
  • Santarosa Modulo MAN
  • Nissan Diesel JA450SSN
  • Nissan Diesel PKB212N
  • Yutong ZK6100HB
  • Yutong ZK6107HA
  • Yutong ZK6119HA
  • Yutong ZK6122HD9
  • Volvo B7R DMMC DM16S2
  • DM 10
  • DM 14

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, free newspaper, snacks, and lastly their latest individual media on-demand monitors for new fleet of Deluxe buses)

Internet connectivity via WiFi access is available in all buses.

Major Destinations[edit]

Metro Manila[edit]

Primary Provincial Destinations[edit]

Inter-Provincial Routes (Vice-Versa)[edit]

  • Dagupan City-Baguio City
  • Dagupan City-Roxas
  • Dagupan City-Tabuk City
  • Dagupan City-Tuguegarao City (Five Star unit operated by Victory Liner)
  • Dagupan City-Sta. Cruz
  • Baguio City-Bolinao
  • Baguio City-Sta. Cruz
  • Olongapo City-Baguio City
  • Olongapo City-San Felipe
  • Olongapo City-Iba
  • Olongapo City-Sta. Cruz
  • Olongapo City-Balanga City
  • Olongapo City-Dau
  • Olongapo City-City of San Fernando

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]