Partas
Overview
Partas Transportation Co., Inc. is a bus transportation company in the Philippines
Philippines
The Philippines , officially known as the Republic of the Philippines , is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam...

. It operates a 24/7 service for passengers and freight (known as "waybill") between Metro Manila
Metro Manila
Metropolitan Manila , the National Capital Region , or simply Metro Manila, is the metropolitan region encompassing the City of Manila and its surrounding areas in the Philippines...

 and northwest Luzon
Luzon
Luzon is the largest island in the Philippines. It is located in the northernmost region of the archipelago, and is also the name for one of the three primary island groups in the country centered on the Island of Luzon...

 (the Ilocos
Ilocos
Ilocos collectively refers to two provinces in the Philippines: Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. Inhabitants are called Ilocanos and they speak the language Iloko, also called Ilocano.The Ilocos Region, containing four provinces, is named after Ilocos...

 corridor), with services also running to Baguio City
Baguio City
The City of Baguio is a highly urbanized city in northern Luzon in the Philippines. Baguio City was established by Americans in 1900 at the site of an Ibaloi village known as Kafagway...

 and the Central Luzon plains (Pampanga and Nueva Ecija provinces).

Aside from transportation by bus, Partas also provides limousine service for celebrities and distinguished persons visiting the province of Ilocos Sur.
The name "Partas" was derived from the term "SATRAP
Satrap
Satrap was the name given to the governors of the provinces of the ancient Median and Achaemenid Empires and in several of their successors, such as the Sassanid Empire and the Hellenistic empires....

", an ancient Persian
Persian language
Persian is an Iranian language within the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European languages. It is primarily spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and countries which historically came under Persian influence...

 word for "governor" (since Chavit Singson
Chavit Singson
Luis Crisologo Singson , better known as Chavit Singson, is a Filipino politician. He was a former Governor of the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines since 1998. He ran for the Senate in the 2007 Elections in the Philippines but he lost greatly...

, the owner, served as governor of Ilocos Sur
Ilocos Sur
Ilocos Sur is a province of the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region in Luzon. Vigan City, located on the mouth of the Mestizo River is the provincial capital...

 for many years), spelled in reverse,.
Encyclopedia
Partas Transportation Co., Inc. is a bus transportation company in the Philippines
Philippines
The Philippines , officially known as the Republic of the Philippines , is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam...

. It operates a 24/7 service for passengers and freight (known as "waybill") between Metro Manila
Metro Manila
Metropolitan Manila , the National Capital Region , or simply Metro Manila, is the metropolitan region encompassing the City of Manila and its surrounding areas in the Philippines...

 and northwest Luzon
Luzon
Luzon is the largest island in the Philippines. It is located in the northernmost region of the archipelago, and is also the name for one of the three primary island groups in the country centered on the Island of Luzon...

 (the Ilocos
Ilocos
Ilocos collectively refers to two provinces in the Philippines: Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. Inhabitants are called Ilocanos and they speak the language Iloko, also called Ilocano.The Ilocos Region, containing four provinces, is named after Ilocos...

 corridor), with services also running to Baguio City
Baguio City
The City of Baguio is a highly urbanized city in northern Luzon in the Philippines. Baguio City was established by Americans in 1900 at the site of an Ibaloi village known as Kafagway...

 and the Central Luzon plains (Pampanga and Nueva Ecija provinces).

Aside from transportation by bus, Partas also provides limousine service for celebrities and distinguished persons visiting the province of Ilocos Sur.

Etymology

The name "Partas" was derived from the term "SATRAP
Satrap
Satrap was the name given to the governors of the provinces of the ancient Median and Achaemenid Empires and in several of their successors, such as the Sassanid Empire and the Hellenistic empires....

", an ancient Persian
Persian language
Persian is an Iranian language within the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European languages. It is primarily spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and countries which historically came under Persian influence...

 word for "governor" (since Chavit Singson
Chavit Singson
Luis Crisologo Singson , better known as Chavit Singson, is a Filipino politician. He was a former Governor of the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines since 1998. He ran for the Senate in the 2007 Elections in the Philippines but he lost greatly...

, the owner, served as governor of Ilocos Sur
Ilocos Sur
Ilocos Sur is a province of the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region in Luzon. Vigan City, located on the mouth of the Mestizo River is the provincial capital...

 for many years), spelled in reverse,. ("Satrap" also refers to the name of the construction business owned and managed by Partas' owner/operator). "Partas" also sounds like "pardas," an Ilocano
Ilokano language
Ilokano or Ilocano is the third most-spoken language of the Republic of the Philippines....

 term for "being fast" or "speed."

History

Partas traces back its humble beginnings to 1992, a time when Philippine Rabbit
Philippine Rabbit
Philippine Rabbit Bus Lines, Inc. is considered one of the pioneering bus companies in the Philippines. It was founded in 1946.The company's area of coverage extends from Metro Manila to northern provinces of Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union, Benguet, Quezon, Ilocos Sur,...

 and rival Farinas Transit
Farinas Transit Company
Fariñas Transit Company is one of the major Philippines public transport companies connecting the Luzon provinces to the national capital in Manila...

 ruled the Ilocos routes; and with millionaire Santiago Rondaris' Times Transit
Dominion Bus Lines
Dominion Bus Lines is a bus transportation company in the Philippines. It operates a 24/7 service for passengers and freight between Metro Manila and northwest Luzon .-History:...

 shut down for good due to labor disputes (which later became Dominion Bus Lines
Dominion Bus Lines
Dominion Bus Lines is a bus transportation company in the Philippines. It operates a 24/7 service for passengers and freight between Metro Manila and northwest Luzon .-History:...

); and St. Joseph
Inocencio Aniceto Transportation
Inocencio Aniceto Transportation, more fondly known as St. Joseph, is a bus transportation company in the Philippines owned by the Aniceto Family of Vigan City in Ilocos Sur province...

 is sidelined by hard times. Even as a new player in the industry back then, Partas has attracted the riding public with its state-of-the-art buses powered by Nissan Diesel
UD Trucks
UD Trucks Corporation is a Japanese company whose principal business is the manufacture and sales of light, medium and heavy duty diesel trucks, buses, bus chassis and special-purpose vehicles. The company is owned 100% by the Volvo Group since 2007. Formerly known as Nissan Diesel, the company...

 and MAN engines; with the distinctive blue and white livery, and the Roadrunner
Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner
Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner are a duo of cartoon characters from a series of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons. The characters were created by animation director Chuck Jones in 1948 for Warner Bros., while the template for their adventures was the work of writer Michael Maltese...

 character from Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes is a Warner Bros. animated cartoon series. It preceded the Merrie Melodies series and was Warner Bros.'s first animated theatrical series. Since its first official release, 1930's Sinkin' in the Bathtub, the series has become a worldwide media franchise, spawning several television...

, their standard emblem, adorning the front and sides of their buses.

Being able to provide safe, fast, and comfortable travel experience for its patrons was Partas' way to winning the choice of many commuters. The company has also seriously enforced cleanliness and good maintenance of its fleet.

Partas is one of two bus companies in the Ilocos Region to have ever fielded a double-decker bus (the other being Farinas).

The principal provincial terminals are at Laoag City
Laoag City
The City of Laoag is a 1st class city in the province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines. It is the capital city of Ilocos Norte, and the province's political, commercial, and industrial hub. It is the location of the Ilocos region's only commercial airport...

 (Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Norte is a province of the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region in Luzon. Its capital is Laoag City and is located at the northwest corner of Luzon Island, bordering Cagayan and Apayao to the east, and Abra and Ilocos Sur to the south...

), Vigan City
Vigan City
The City of Vigan is a 5th class city in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. It is the capital of the Province of Ilocos Sur...

 (Ilocos Sur
Ilocos Sur
Ilocos Sur is a province of the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region in Luzon. Vigan City, located on the mouth of the Mestizo River is the provincial capital...

), Bangued
Bangued, Abra
Bangued is a first class municipality in the province of Abra in the Cordillera Administrative Region of the Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 46,179 in 8,071 households.-History:...

,(Abra), Baguio City
Baguio City
The City of Baguio is a highly urbanized city in northern Luzon in the Philippines. Baguio City was established by Americans in 1900 at the site of an Ibaloi village known as Kafagway...

 (Benguet
Benguet
Benguet is a landlocked province of the Philippines in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon. Its capital is La Trinidad and borders, clockwise from the south, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Mountain Province, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya....

) and San Fernando
San Fernando City, La Union
The City of San Fernando in La Union is a 1st class component city in the Philippines. It is the capital city of La Union and the regional center of the Ilocos Region...

 (La Union
La Unión
La Union or La Unión may refer to:-Colombia:*La Unión, Antioquia*La Unión, Nariño*La Unión, Sucre*La Unión, Valle del Cauca-Peru:*La Unión Province, Peru...

).

A limited service operates through the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport
Diosdado Macapagal International Airport
Diosdado Macapagal International Airport , also called Clark International Airport , is the main airport serving the immediate vicinity of the Clark Freeport Zone and the general area of Angeles City in the Philippines...

 (DMIA), located within the Clark Special Economic Zone in Angeles City
Angeles City
The City of Angeles , located within the province of Pampanga in the Philippines, is locally classified as a first-class, highly-urbanized city. Its name is derived from El Pueblo de los Ángeles in honor of its patron saints, Los Santos Ángeles de los Custodios , and the name of its founder, Don...

, Pampanga
Pampanga
Pampanga is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Its capital is the City of San Fernando, Pampanga. Pampanga is bordered by the provinces of Bataan and Zambales to the west, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija to the north, and Bulacan to the southeast...

.

In Metro Manila
Metro Manila
Metropolitan Manila , the National Capital Region , or simply Metro Manila, is the metropolitan region encompassing the City of Manila and its surrounding areas in the Philippines...

, the main hub is at Cubao, Quezon City
Quezon City
Quezon City is the former capital and the most populous city in the Philippines. Located on the island of Luzon, Quezon City is one of the cities and municipalities that make up Metro Manila, the National Capital Region. The city was named after Manuel L...

, which deploys trips to majority of its provincial destinations, except for Baguio City. In addition, trips to Clarkfield, Pampanga are available only through Cubao terminal.

Trips to and from Baguio City (as well as Laoag City and Bangued, Abra) are available via their terminal in Pasay City
Pasay City
The City of Pasay is one of the cities and municipalities that make up Metro Manila in the Philippines. It is bordered on the north by the country's capital, Manila, to the northeast by Makati City, to the east by Taguig City, and Parañaque City to the south.Pasay City was one of the original four...

.

The latest terminal within Metro Manila was opened in Sampaloc
Sampaloc, Manila
Sampaloc is a district of Manila which is primarily a residential and educational center. Part of the Malacañang Palace is located in Sampaloc. The University of Santo Tomas, University of the East Manila are part of the University Belt to name a few, the famous Dangwa flower market at Dimasalang...

 district of Manila City
Manila
Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is one of the sixteen cities forming Metro Manila.Manila is located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay and is bordered by Navotas and Caloocan to the north, Quezon City to the northeast, San Juan and Mandaluyong to the east, Makati on the southeast,...

. This terminal principally caters to students in Manila's University Belt
University Belt
The University Belt is the unofficial name of a de facto sub-district in Manila, Philippines. It refers to the area where there is a high concentration or a cluster of colleges and universities in the city....

 who hail from Laoag City and Bangued, Abra.

Partas also has inter-provincial trips, running between Baguio City and Vigan City; and Laoag City and Bangued, Abra. Just recently, Partas has started servicing its newest line, which runs from San Jose City in Nueva Ecija
Nueva Ecija
Nueva Ecija is a landlocked province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Its capital is Palayan City...

 up to City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Pampanga
Pampanga is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Its capital is the City of San Fernando, Pampanga. Pampanga is bordered by the provinces of Bataan and Zambales to the west, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija to the north, and Bulacan to the southeast...

, passing through Cabanatuan City
Cabanatuan City
The City of Cabanatuan is a first class, urban city in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. It is considered the commercial, industrial and educational hub of the province. According to the latest census, it has a population of 259,267 people in 45,424 households which makes it the largest...

, Gapan City
Gapan City
Gapan City is a 4th class city in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. Gapan is nicknamed the "Footwear Capital of the North", and it is an inseparable part of the Rice Granary of the Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 98,795 people in 18,200 households...

 and Olongapo City
Olongapo City
The City of Olongapo is a highly urbanized city located in the province of Zambales, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 227,270 people in 50,300 households.-History:...

 in Zambales
Zambales
Zambales is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Its capital is Iba. Zambales borders Pangasinan to the north, Tarlac and Pampanga to the east, and Bataan to the south. The province lies between the South China Sea and the Zambales Mountains. With a land area of...

.

In April 17,2011 actor AJ Perez was killed when his ABS CBN service van crashed on a Partas Bus along MacArthur Highway in Barangay San Julian, Paniqui, Tarlac While his driver tried to Overtake a trailer truck.

Fleet

As of today, Partas is fielding more or less 300 buses. The expansion of its fleet will be highly anticipated because 100 buses will be added. The reason behind this is that they will be expanding their proximal destination to General Santos City. These buses are an assortment -- from locally made ones to imports. The locals are built by Almazora Motors, Pilipinas Hino, and Del Monte Motorworks, while the imported ones are Golden Dragon
Golden Dragon
Golden Dragon is a popular Chinese motif that can refer to several items:*Asian arowana, also known as the golden dragon fish*Domain of the Golden Dragon, an unofficial United States Navy certificate given for crossing of the 180th Meridian *Golden Dragon , a China-based manufacturer of buses and...

 and Yutong buses from China, and Universal Space Luxury
Hyundai Universe
The Hyundai Universe is a heavy-duty luxury bus built by Hyundai Motor Company. It is primarily available as luxury hi-classic tourist buses....

 buses from the Korean manufacturer Hyundai
Hyundai
Hyundai ) is a global conglomerate company, part of the Korean chaebol, that was founded in South Korea by one of the most famous businessmen in Korean history: Chung Ju-yung...

. The management ordered 20 of these and 2 of them are presently on service These buses are equipped with engines built by MAN
Man
The term man is used for an adult human male . However, man is sometimes used to refer to humanity as a whole...

, Hino
Hino
Hino can mean:A Place:*Hino, Shiga*Hino, Tokyo*Hino, Tottori*Hino District, Tottori*Lake Hino in EstoniaA Company:*Hino Motors, Ltd.A Person*Rei Hino, a character on Sailor Moon*Hikari Hino, a Japanese porn star...

, Cummins
Cummins
Cummins Inc. is a Fortune 500 corporation that designs, manufactures, distributes and services engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission control and electrical power generation systems...

, Nissan Diesel, Mitsubishi Fuso, and Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz is a German manufacturer of automobiles, buses, coaches, and trucks. Mercedes-Benz is a division of its parent company, Daimler AG...

. Just recently, they started to field Yutong buses with a new livery.

Their new buses sport either white livery with red, dark blue and sky blue stripes (Golden Dragon Buses), an image of a running Roadrunner character displayed throughout the length of the bus (some Golden Dragon buses), white with blue lettering and the Roadrunner character (Hyundai buses), or red, blue and white-colored buses (Mercedes-Benz). There is one Golden Dragon bus, with body number 81538, sporting a silver livery with red, dark blue and sky blue stripes. It is considered to be the first Golden Dragon
Golden Dragon
Golden Dragon is a popular Chinese motif that can refer to several items:*Asian arowana, also known as the golden dragon fish*Domain of the Golden Dragon, an unofficial United States Navy certificate given for crossing of the 180th Meridian *Golden Dragon , a China-based manufacturer of buses and...

 bus in the fleet and the first Chinese-branded bus in the Philippines when it was introduced back in 2004. The Roadrunner character is displayed in almost all of their buses.

On July 2010, a new livery has been unveiled. The first four buses with this new design are bus numbers 81048, 81068 ,81378 and 81388 providing more interest to target customers for their new interior which were once a bit old among the fleet.

Fare Classes

Partas has employed various fare classes, which are sequenced below from the least to the most priced, yet all are air conditioned
  • Ordinary (first generation buses)
  • Regular (second-generation buses)
  • First Class (newest bus units to date)
  • Deluxe (28 or 31-seater buses)

Destinations

Metro Manila
    • Cubao, Quezon City
      Quezon City
      Quezon City is the former capital and the most populous city in the Philippines. Located on the island of Luzon, Quezon City is one of the cities and municipalities that make up Metro Manila, the National Capital Region. The city was named after Manuel L...

    • Pasay City
      Pasay City
      The City of Pasay is one of the cities and municipalities that make up Metro Manila in the Philippines. It is bordered on the north by the country's capital, Manila, to the northeast by Makati City, to the east by Taguig City, and Parañaque City to the south.Pasay City was one of the original four...

    • Sampaloc, Manila
      Manila
      Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is one of the sixteen cities forming Metro Manila.Manila is located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay and is bordered by Navotas and Caloocan to the north, Quezon City to the northeast, San Juan and Mandaluyong to the east, Makati on the southeast,...



Provincial
    • Angeles City
      Angeles City
      The City of Angeles , located within the province of Pampanga in the Philippines, is locally classified as a first-class, highly-urbanized city. Its name is derived from El Pueblo de los Ángeles in honor of its patron saints, Los Santos Ángeles de los Custodios , and the name of its founder, Don...

      , Pampanga
      Pampanga
      Pampanga is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Its capital is the City of San Fernando, Pampanga. Pampanga is bordered by the provinces of Bataan and Zambales to the west, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija to the north, and Bulacan to the southeast...

       - Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) in Clark Freeport Zone
      Clark Freeport Zone
      Clark Freeport Zone is a redevelopment of the former Clark Air Base, a former United States Air Force base in the Philippines. It is located on the northwest side of Angeles City and borders the municipality of Mabalacat in the province of Pampanga. It is located about 40 miles northwest of...

    • Baguio City
      Baguio City
      The City of Baguio is a highly urbanized city in northern Luzon in the Philippines. Baguio City was established by Americans in 1900 at the site of an Ibaloi village known as Kafagway...

      , Benguet
      Benguet
      Benguet is a landlocked province of the Philippines in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon. Its capital is La Trinidad and borders, clockwise from the south, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Mountain Province, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya....

    • Bangued, Abra
    • Candon City
      Candon City
      Candon City is a 4th class city in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 56,270 people in 10,257 households. Dubbed as the "Tobacco Capital of the Philippines" the city is the country's largest producer of Virginia-type tobacco...

      , Ilocos Sur
      Ilocos Sur
      Ilocos Sur is a province of the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region in Luzon. Vigan City, located on the mouth of the Mestizo River is the provincial capital...

    • Carmen
      Rosales, Pangasinan
      Rosales is a 1st class municipality in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines. It is sometimes called as Carmen, Pangasinan based on its progressive barangay, Carmen...

      , Pangasinan
      Pangasinan
      Pangasinan is a province of the Republic of the Philippines. The provincial capital is Lingayen. Pangasinan is located on the west central and peripheral area of the island of Luzon along the Lingayen Gulf, with the total land area being 5,368.82 square kilometers . According to the latest census,...

    • San Fernando City
      San Fernando City, La Union
      The City of San Fernando in La Union is a 1st class component city in the Philippines. It is the capital city of La Union and the regional center of the Ilocos Region...

      , La Union
      La Unión
      La Union or La Unión may refer to:-Colombia:*La Unión, Antioquia*La Unión, Nariño*La Unión, Sucre*La Unión, Valle del Cauca-Peru:*La Unión Province, Peru...

    • Sison
      Sison
      Sison can refer to:* Sison, Pangasinan, Philippines* Sison, Surigao del Norte, Philippines* Sison, a genus of plants in the Apiaceae family...

      , Pangasinan
      Pangasinan
      Pangasinan is a province of the Republic of the Philippines. The provincial capital is Lingayen. Pangasinan is located on the west central and peripheral area of the island of Luzon along the Lingayen Gulf, with the total land area being 5,368.82 square kilometers . According to the latest census,...

    • Tarlac City
      Tarlac City
      The City of Tarlac is a 1st class city in the province of Tarlac, Philippines. Tarlac provincial capitol building is shown on the back of the Philippines 500 peso note that features former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr...

      , Tarlac
      Tarlac
      Tarlac is a landlocked province of the Philippines located in the Luzon Island. Its capital is Tarlac City. Tarlac borders Pampanga to the south, Nueva Ecija to the east, Pangasinan to the north, and Zambales to the west...

    • Urdaneta City
      Urdaneta City
      Urdaneta City is a 1st class city in the province of Pangasinan, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 120,785 people in 22,908 households....

      , Pangasinan
      Pangasinan
      Pangasinan is a province of the Republic of the Philippines. The provincial capital is Lingayen. Pangasinan is located on the west central and peripheral area of the island of Luzon along the Lingayen Gulf, with the total land area being 5,368.82 square kilometers . According to the latest census,...

    • Vigan City
      Vigan City
      The City of Vigan is a 5th class city in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. It is the capital of the Province of Ilocos Sur...

      , Ilocos Sur
      Ilocos Sur
      Ilocos Sur is a province of the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region in Luzon. Vigan City, located on the mouth of the Mestizo River is the provincial capital...

    • Laoag City
      Laoag City
      The City of Laoag is a 1st class city in the province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines. It is the capital city of Ilocos Norte, and the province's political, commercial, and industrial hub. It is the location of the Ilocos region's only commercial airport...

      , Ilocos Norte
      Ilocos Norte
      Ilocos Norte is a province of the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region in Luzon. Its capital is Laoag City and is located at the northwest corner of Luzon Island, bordering Cagayan and Apayao to the east, and Abra and Ilocos Sur to the south...

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