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Pangasinan Five Star Bus Company, Incorporated, or simply known as Five Star, is one of the largest bus companies in the Philippines. It serves routes mainly to the provinces of Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Isabela and Cagayan[1] Since it took management of at least three bus companies which includes Bataan Transit, First North Luzon Transit and the 2010 Luzon Cisco Transport, Five Star has been one of the most successful bus companies in the Philippines.

Pangasinan Five Star Bus Co., Inc.
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A Five Star Bus arriving at the Marquee Mall Bus Terminal, Angeles, Pampanga
Slogan"Kaagapay sa Masayang Paglalakbay"
("Your Companion for a Joyful Journey")
Founded1983; 36 years ago (1983)
Headquarters2220 Aurora Blvd., Tramo, Pasay City, Philippines
Service areaCentral and Northern Luzon
Service typeLand Transport
AllianceVictory Liner Inc.
First North Luzon Transit
Bataan Transit
Luzon Cisco Transport Inc.
Bicol Isarog Transport System
DestinationsMetro Manila, Central Luzon and Northern Luzon
StationsMetro Manila:

Cubao, Pasay, Avenida and Sampaloc

Provincial (not all): Dagupan, Alaminos, Bolinao, Agno, San Carlos, Cabanatuan, San Antonio (Nueva Ecija), Santiago (Isabela), Tuguegarao, Piat, Maddela, Marquee Mall (Angeles), Dau, Tayug, Anda, San Fabian
Fleet900+
OperatorPangasinan Five Star Bus Co., Inc.
(1983–present as independent company)
Website5starbus.ph Facebook page

The Five Star Bus Company has been a successful bus company and together with its sister companies: Bataan Transit, Victory Liner, First North Luzon Transit, Luzon Cisco Transport, Bicol Isarog Transport System and Peñafrancia Tours and Travel Transport serve destinations through Luzon.

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HistoryEdit

Five Star was founded in 1983 in Metro Manila. It started as a city operation firm using ordinary fare buses, its main sister company the Victory Liner is actually its parent. The Five Star Bus Company grew in the 90s, they started operations in Dagupan then later routes expanded to Cabanatuan, Guimba, Palayan, San Antonio, San Jose, Talugtug, Tarlac City, Santa Cruz, Zambales, Agno, Alaminos, Anda, Bolinao, San Carlos, San Fabian, Tayug, Santiago, Maddela, Piat, and Tuguegarao, after the closure of Pangasinan Transportation Co., also known as Pantranco North Express Inc.

When the Bataan Transit Co. Inc. was founded, in a few years later the Five Star Bus Company became its parent and today the Bataan Transit uses some terminals of Five Star and as main terminal in Cubao. The same happened to the First North Luzon Transit and the Luzon Cisco Transport.

The alliance of Five Star includes: Victory Liner, Bataan Transit, First North Luzon Transit and the Luzon Cisco Transport.

The First North Luzon Transit was actually not the first transit in north luzon it was the former Royal Eagle and after Five Star took management of it, got its name.

The Luzon Cisco Transport Co, Inc. took the destinations to Guimba, Nueva Ecija, Talugtug and Santa Cruz, Zambales from Five Star management.

Main Stops (for passengers)

For Pangasinan and Tarlac passengers, the main stop may either be in Siesta Travel Gate Bus Stop in Tarlac City and Carmen in SM City Rosales Transport Terminal, Rosales, Pangasinan. Transit passengers are also allowed to disembark at Dau Bus Terminal, Mabalacat, Pampanga for ordinary-fare buses only and the Marquee Mall bus terminal in Angeles, Pampanga for air-conditioned buses only on the other hand. Passengers to San Fabian, Pangasinan can also disembark at the Manaoag terminal of Five Star.

For Nueva Ecija (Cabanatuan only) passengers, their main stop is depending on the route, if it is via Bulacan then it will be at the Passengers Delight in San Miguel, Bulacan and if the route is via SCTEX the main stop is at the Travellers Complex in La Paz, Tarlac

For the Cagayan Valley passengers the main stop is either the Five Star bus terminal at San Jose City, Nueva Ecija (shared with Victory Liner) and CCQ Bus Stop in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya.

For the inter-provincial routes from Dagupan to Cagayan Valley the main stop may either be in its terminal at San Jose, Nueva Ecija or the CCQ Bus Stop in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya.

Five Star uses tachographs to monitor drivers who are over-speeding or who are speeding beyond 100 km/h continuously.

In 2010, Luzon Cisco Transport Co. Inc., a new bus company started servicing routes from Cubao to Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija after Five Star took management of it.

In 2012, Five Star installed WiFi routers (Powered by Sun Broadband) on select air conditioned units to provide free internet for passengers.

In 2013, Five Star offered deluxe buses (available only to Dagupan trips)

In 2014, Five Star implied to Cagayan Valley Line due to GV Florida's long suspension. (Five Star serves routes to Santiago, Tuguegarao, Maddela and Piat)

In 2017, Five Star introduced the Cubao-Tarlac City route with air-conditioned buses.

About Five StarEdit

It started in 1983 when Five Star was founded, they started servicing routes to Dagupan, Pangasinan using ordinary fare buses. They later expanded to other places in Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Isabela, Cagayan and Zambales.

Their TerminalsEdit

Five Star's headquarters in Pasay City is one of its largest terminals, with destinations all over Central and Northern Luzon. Its Cubao terminal in Quezon City is large enough that three bus companies use it: Five Star, Bataan Transit and Luzon Cisco Transport (First North Luzon Transit sometimes uses it). Five Star also has terminals in Avenida and Sampaloc which are only for trips to Dagupan (Avenida terminal) and Cagayan Valley (Sampaloc terminal). From its Dagupan terminal, it has inter-provincial routes mainly to Santiago, Isabela and Tuguegarao, Cagayan. It also has terminals in Cabanatuan, San Antonio, Nueva Ecija, Bolinao, Alaminos, Pangasinan, Agno, Anda, Pangasinan, San Carlos, Pangasinan, San Fabian, Tayug, Santiago, Isabela, Tuguegarao, Maddela, Piat, San Jose, Nueva Ecija (it is shared with Victory Liner, a subsidiary of Five Star), Manaoag (for San Fabian )

SubsidiariesEdit

Its main subsidiary is Victory Liner, but it is also a sister company of Bataan Transit, First North Luzon Transit and Luzon Cisco Transport.

Former routes and destinationsEdit

Five Star had routes which some were given to Luzon Cisco Transport. This includes:

Fare ClassesEdit

  • Ordinary fare (3 x 2 seating; 61 to 66 passenger seats)
  • Regular air conditioned (2 x 2 seating; 49 to 53 passenger seats)
  • Deluxe Class (2 x 2 seating; 45 passenger seats with restroom equipped for Dagupan and Bolinao, Pangasinan and Cabanatuan Nueva Ecija and Santiago and Tuguegarao, Cagayan Valley trips)
  • First Class Deluxe (2 x 1 seating; 28 passenger seats with restroom equipped with snacks and water, non stop via TPLEX from Tuguegarao, and Santiago Cagayan Valley Trips.

Five Star offers WiFi access in all buses.

FleetEdit

Five Star Bus Company uses and maintains these bus units:

  • Higer V91 KLQ6119QE3
  • Higer KLQ6123K U-Tour (Deluxe Bus unit)
  • Hino Grand Echo II RM2P
  • Hino Grand Metro RK1JST (Ordinary Bus unit)
  • JAC (Double H) Universe HK6124AM1
  • Hyundai Universe Space Luxury
  • MAN AMC Tourist Star R39 18.350 HOCL
  • MAN Trans Oriental Golden Dragon Superstar XML6126 Body
  • MAN SR Modulo 280
  • Nissan Diesel Santarosa JA450SSN
  • Nissan Diesel Eurobus RB46SR (Ordinary Bus unit)
  • Nissan Diesel Santarosa RB46SR
  • King Long XMQ6118Y2
  • Volvo/AutoDelta B11R in Marcopolo Audace 1050 body
  • Volvo/Autodelta B7R GL6127HKC1 (in Volvo 9800 front fascia) (first class deluxe bus unit)

Modified By Five Star Bus Body:

  • Hino RM2P Grand Metro Body
  • Hino RK1JST V92 Eurobus Body
  • Hyundai Aero Space LS
  • MAN Yutong ZK6120 Body A80 D0836LOHO12
  • Nissan Diesel Yutong Body ZK6120 JA450SSN
  • Nissan Diesel Yutong Body ZK6120 RB46S
  • Nissan Diesel Yutong Body ZK6100HA RB46SR
  • Nissan Diesel Yutong ZK6100HA RB46S
  • Nissan Diesel Yutong ZK6120HE
  • Yutong ZK6119HA paired with Rear Engine L53SA
  • V92 Eurobus Body paired with Nissan Diesel Santarosa RB46S and Chassis Dong Feng LGG5XKBXV7K

TerminalsEdit

Metro ManilaEdit

  • Cubao - EDSA Cubao, Quezon City
  • Kamias- EDSA Kamias, Quezon City (for Cagayan Valley routes coming soon to open)
  • Pasay - Aurora Blvd., Pasay City (headquarters of Five Star)
  • Total Gas Station Balintawak - EDSA Balintawak, Quezon City
  • Avenida - Doroteo Jose St., Sta. Cruz, Manila (for Dagupan trips only)
  • Sampaloc - Legarda St., Sampaloc, Manila (for Cagayan Valley routes only)

ProvincialEdit

Cagayan Valley RegionEdit

  • Cagayan
    • Tuguegarao City - Balzain Highway, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan via TPLEX
    • Piat - Brgy. Poblacion I, Piat, Cagayan
  • Nueva Vizcaya
    • Aritao - CCQ Bus Stop, Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya
  • Isabela
    • Santiago City - Brgy. Calao East, Santiago City, Isabela via TPLEX
  • Quirino
    • Maddela - Brgy. Poblacion Sur, Maddela, Qurino

Central LuzonEdit

  • Nueva Ecija
    • Cabanatuan City - Cabanatuan City Central Terminal, Brgy. Padre Crisostomo, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija
    • Cabanatuan City - Zulueta St., Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija
    • San Antonio - Brgy. Poblacion, San Antonio, Nueva Ecija
  • Tarlac
    • Tarlac City - Siesta Bus Stop, Zamora St., Tarlac City, Tarlac
  • Pampanga
    • Angeles City - Marquee Mall Bus Terminal, Marquee Mall, Angeles City, Pampanga (for air-conditioned buses only)
    • Mabalacat City - Dau Bus Terminal, Mabalacat City, Pamapanga ( ordinary fare buses only)

Ilocos RegionEdit

  • Pangasinan
    • Agno - Brgy. Poblacion East, Agno, Pangasinan
    • Alaminos City - Quezon Ave., Alaminos City, Pangasinan
    • Anda - Brgy. Poblacion, Anda, Pangasinan
    • Bolinao - Poblacion Road, Bolinao, Pangasinan
    • Dagupan City - Perez Blvd., Dagupan City, Pangasinan
    • Manaoag - near Licsi Bridge, Manaoag, Pangasinan (for San Fabian trips only)
    • San Carlos City - Perez Blvd., San Carlos City, Pangasinan
    • San Fabian - Pangasinan-La Union Rd., San Fabian, Pangasinan
    • Tayug - Mabini St., Tayug, Pangasinan

DestinationsEdit

Metro ManilaEdit

Provincial Destinations (from Metro Manila)Edit

 
A Five Star bus at Passenger's Delight Bus stop, San Miguel, Bulacan

Inter-Provincial routes (vice versa)Edit

From Dagupan (via TPLEX)

Former destinationsEdit

The Fleet and ImagesEdit

SubsidiariesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ FiveStar Bus Company, Incorporated. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Let's be candid". Flickr. Retrieved 11 November 2018.

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