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, Bataan, 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 of the country after World War II,[further explanation needed] with used Chevy trucks from the United States Army as their primary transportation fleet.[2][3]

Victory Liner, Inc.
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A Victory Liner Bus en route to Baguio.
SloganWe move people better...safer.
Founded1945; 75 years ago (1945)
Headquarters713 Rizal Avenue Ext., Brgy. 72, Grace Park West, Caloocan, Philippines
Service areaNorthern Luzon and Central Luzon
Service typeProvincial Operation
Alliance
DestinationsMetro Manila, Central Luzon, and Northern Luzon
HubsCaloocan
StationsMetro Manila:
  • Cubao
  • Kamias
  • Caloocan
  • Pasay
  • Earnshaw Sampaloc

Provincial (not all):
  • Baguio
  • Dagupan
  • Alaminos
  • Bolinao
  • Olongapo
  • Santa Cruz
  • (Zambales)
  • Lingayen
  • Santiago (Isabela)
  • Ilagan (Isabela)
  • Roxas (Isabela)
  • Tuguegarao
  • Tuao
  • Aparri
  • Dau
Fleet900+
OperatorVictory Liner, Inc.
Websitevictoryliner.com
Victory Liner SR Daewoo BH117H departing for Baguio in Mabalacat Pampanga Bus Terminal

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.

EtymologyEdit

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]

HistoryEdit

 
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]

FleetEdit

 
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 Cityliner
  • Daewoo BH117H Cityliner
  • Santarosa Iveco EuroMidi CC150
  • Santarosa MAN Exfoh Hi-Deck
  • Santarosa MAN Modulo
  • Santarosa Nissan Diesel Exfoh
  • Santarosa Nissan Diesel JA450SSN
  • Santarosa Nissan Diesel PKB212N
  • Santarosa Nissan Diesel NV620
  • Santarosa Nissan Diesel SP215NSB

Zyle Daewoo Corporation

  • Daewoo FX120 Cruising Star

Higer

  • Higer V91 KLQ6119QE3
  • Higer A80 KLQ6123K

Hino

  • Hino/Partex Grandmetro RK

Hyundai

  • Hyundai Universe Space Classic
  • Hyundai Universe Space Comfort
  • Hyundai Universe Space Luxury (including Powertec variants)
  • Hyundai Universe Xpress Noble
  • Hyundai Aero Space LS
  • Hyundai Super Aero City
  • Hyundai Unicity

Kia

  • Kia Granbird Parkway
  • Kia Granbird Bluesky
  • Kia Granbird Silkroad

King Long

  • King Long XMQ6117Y3

Almazora

  • MAN Lion Star 18.310
  • MAN Tourist Star RE Deluxe R39 18.350 HOCL
  • MAN Tourist Star RE Regio 18.350 HOCL
  • MAN Tourist Star RE Regio RR3 19.360 HOCL

Yutong

  • Yutong ZK6100H
  • Yutong ZK6107HA
  • Yutong ZK6129H
  • Yutong ZK6122HD9

AutoDelta

  • Volvo/Autodelta B7R GL6127HKC1 (in Volvo 9800 front fascia)
  • Volvo/AutoDelta B11R in Marcopolo Audace 1050 body
  • Guilin Daewoo GL6127HKC1

Del Monte Motors

  • DMMC DM12 Series 1
  • DMMC DM14 Series 3 (Hino RK chassis and Hyundai Aero Space chassis)
     
    Victory Liner King Long XMQ6117Y3 departing Mabalacat Bus Terminal on its way back to Cubao Terminal in Quezon City
  • DMMC Volvo B7R DM16 Series2
  • DMMC DM18 MAN RR3 19.360
  • DMMC Lion's Star

Former Bus Fleets:
Isuzu

  • 1st gen. Isuzu Cubic

King Long

  • King Long XMQ6119T
  • King Long XMQ6126Y

M.A.N

  • M.A.N. 16.290
  • M.A.N A55 18.310

Mitsubishi Fuso

Nissan Diesel / Uniflow Diesel

Santarosa Motor Works

  • Santarosa Nissan Diesel CPB87N

Kassbohrer Setra

  • Setra S215

Fare classesEdit

 
Victory Liner DMMW DM16S2 departing Mabalacat Bus Terminal on its way back to Cubao, Quezon City

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

  • Ordinary fare (3×2 seating)
  • Regular air conditioned (2×2 seating)
  • Deluxe (2×2 seating with more leg room, water closet on board)
  • First class (2×1 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)

Note: Baguio First Class has stewardess, while Tuguegarao First Class has no stewardess.

TerminalsEdit

Metro ManilaEdit

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

ProvincialEdit

 
Victory Liner's terminal in Olongapo

Central Luzon

  • Pampanga
    • Apalit Terminal - San Vicente, Apalit, Pampanga
    • San Fernando City Terminal - Jose Abad Santos Avenue, Dolores, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
    • Robinson's Starmills Terminal - San Jose, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
    • Dau Bus Terminal - R9, Dau, Mabalacat City, Pampanga
  • Bataan
    • Bataan City Terminal - Ibayo, Balanga City, Bataan
  • Zambales
    • Iba Terminal - Palanginan, Iba, Zambales
    • Olongapo City Terminal - West Bajac-bajac, Olongapo City
    • Santa Cruz Terminal - Poblacion North, Santa Cruz, Zambales

Ilocos Region

  • Pangasinan
    • Alaminos City Terminal - Quezon Avenue, Poblacion, Alaminos City, Pangasinan
    • Bolinao Terminal - Concordia, Bolinao, Pangasinan
       
      Victory's newest addition to the Hyundai Bus Fleet, the Hyundai Universe Space Luxury Premium at Caloocan Motorpool, Monumento, Caloocan City
    • Dagupan City Terminal - Perez Boulevard, Herrero-Perez, Dagupan City, Pangasinan
    • Lingayen Terminal - Avenida Rizal East, Lingayen, Pangasinan

Cordillera Administrative Region

  • Baguio City
    • Baguio City (non-air-conditioned) - Governor Pack Road, Baguio City (for non-air-conditioned buses plying from/to Pangasinan terminals)
    • Baguio City (air-conditioned) - Upper Session Road, Baguio City (for air-conditioned buses plying from/to Metro Manila terminals)
  • Kalinga
    • Bulanao, Tabuk City, Kalinga
    • Daguitan Street, Poblacion, Dagupan Weste, Tabuk City, Kalinga

Cagayan Valley Region

  • Isabela
    • Cauayan City Terminal - Dy-Seven Gasoline Station, San Fermin, Cauayan City, Isabela
    • Ilagan City Terminal - Guinatan, Ilagan City, Isabela
    • Roxas Terminal - Bantug, Roxas, Isabela
    • San Mateo Terminal - Purok 7, Barangay Uno, San Mateo, Isabela
    • Santiago City Terminal - Calao East, Santiago City, Isabela
  • Cagayan
    • Aparri Terminal - United Petron Station 2, Gen. Luna St., Macanaya District, Aparri, Cagayan
    • Tuao Terminal - Tuao Integrated Bus Terminal, Tuao, Cagayan
    • Tuguegarao City Terminal - Maharlika Highway, Penge-Ruyu, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan

DestinationsEdit

Metro ManilaEdit

 
Victory Liner's Kamias terminal

Provincial DestinationsEdit

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

Inter-Provincial Routes (vice versa)Edit

Olongapo

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

Sta. Cruz

  • Olongapo
  • Dagupan
  • Baguio
  • Alaminos
  • Bolinao

Dagupan

  • Baguio
  • Sta. Cruz via Alaminos
  • Tuguegarao
  • Clark International Airport
  • Roxas
  • Santiago (Five Star serves most routes)

Baguio

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

Tuguegarao

  • Dagupan (Five Star serves most routes)
  • Mariveles
  • Clark (soon to operate)

Former destinationsEdit

SubsidiariesEdit

The FleetEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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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