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Why Victory Liner Premiere Card is a Need

It was the eve of a long weekend when everyone has packed up for their getaways the to beach and to the mountains. There I was growing impatient because the queue to get a ticket for a trip to Baguio was almost not moving.

My companion, John, already went out of the terminal to try his luck to another terminal. He said the line was also terrible but since he did not want to walk back, he just joined the crowd of people eager to get a bus ticket.

Here's a photo I took last year which shows a similar volume of crowd this year: 

Then comes a young lady offering Victory Liner Premiere Card which costs P300. Before I went to Victory Liner Pasay Terminal, I have already read about it.

I left the line and went to avail the card.

How to Get a Victory Liner Premiere Card
1. Show one (1) Valid ID- I presented my PRC ID
2. Pay P300.00
3. Fill out the registration form

After I got my card, I proceeded immediately to Premiere Cardholder's line which is the same line for PWDs. There were only four people standing in line unlike in the regular passenger queue which had more than a hundred.

It only took me around three minutes to get my ticket and looked for a vacant seat for me.

What's the Use of the Victory Premiere Card?

1. Gives access to the Premiere Cardholder's Line which much shorter than the line for regular passengers
2. Can be loaded as a debit card in Victory Liner Terminals for online booking on its website
3. Can be used as a debit card for online shopping on Lazada, PayPal, Amazon, etc.
4. Owners can call Victory Liner hotline (02 842-8679) to book a ticket

What is the Value of P300?

I know I am sounding a pro-capitalist herre. But I think if you are a person who values convenience, then P300 should not an issue.

I am a frequent traveler of Victory Liner, and the worst thing is that I travel during peak seasons when queues are super long. If you have been on my situation who goes home during long weekends, Holy Week, election days, Christmas season, etc. then you know the feeling of standing there for hours just to get a ticket. 

And that P300-worth of card, which is as expensive as six bottles of beer or a month long phone load allowance, can give me the exact convenience that I need. 

When I went back to Manila the next day, I found myself in a same situation of long line in Baguio. I went immediately to the Premiere Cardholder's line, presented my card, and got my ticket in two minutes. I enjoyed this while those without the Premiere Card were waiting for their turn to get a ticket.

While at Victory Liner Baguio Terminal, I had my card reloaded with a thousand pesos. Surprisingly after a week, I had to go back to Baguio again to attend the wake of a cousin's husband. I did not bother stopping by an ATM machine because I know I can purchase a ticket using the loaded Premiere Card.

I think this new service of Victor Liner is brilliant. And I have more good words for Victory: their Social Media guy is really a gem. Two weeks ago, I found myself in Isabela without a clue on the schedule of trips going back to Manila so I had to message the FB Page of the bus line. In minutes, I was given an accurate answer. That's already premiere treatment!

The Premiere Card of Victory Liner is a tool for convenience that is pricier than its P300 purchasing amount. And I am sharing this because I know it will help other passengers who are frequent passengers of this bus line.

Get one by visiting the nearest Victory Liner Terminal. Visit HERE for more details.


By the way, here's my pic when I went up to Baguio using the Premiere Card for the very first time. I was there for our tour of the flower farm in Atok, Benguet.

Wandering Around Crowdless San Francisco in Quezon Province

It took us 12 hours to reach the town of San Francisco in Quezon Province from Alabang, but a bus ride usually takes 8 hours to get there. This humble town is no tourist spot (for now) so the entire place was ours to explore freely.

Mobile signal was almost a unicorn. Our getaway last Holy Week was a total disconnection from the online world- no FB or IG posting, no text messages from friends, no checking of emails.

Using my phone, I tried to document the adventure and came up with this amateurish video. 

Batangas Resort for a Group Getaway

Matabungkay in Lian, Batangas boasts its nearly white beach. However beyond the beach, there are other things why I love this place.

Among the reasons why I do not mind sitting on a van for two and a half hours going to Lian are:

1. Mobile signal is poor so there is an acceptable reason not to answer calls and FB messages
2.    No huge amount of people are flocking to the beach so there is enough space to breathe and enjoy
3.    I do not need to sell my kidneys to come here!

Thus when a former workmate told me that they have planned a simple getaway in Lian, I insisted to come along.

At seven in the afternoon of Saturday, we met at Jollibee near the MRT Station in Pasay. Here’s how we got to our destination- La Primavera in Lian.

Pasay City to Lian, Batanagas
1.    Van from Pasay bound for Calatagan- Located a few footsteps from the MRT station is the station for vans going to Calatagan. Drop by Altura. People stood in line waiting for the van while we started with our stories of what good and bad news are happening in our lives. Fare was P180 per head.
2.    Tricyle from Altura to La Primareva- Upon getting off the van, we were brought by a tricycle to La Primavera. Fare was P20 per head.

Lian, Batangas to Baclaran, Paranaque
1.    Jeep to town- The jeepney ride took more than 15 minutes. I think fare was P12 per head.
2.    Bus to Baclaran- We waited for a bus going back to Manila. Fare was P150 per head.

Our Matabungkay, Lian Home: La Primavera Beach Resort

When we reached La Primavera, we were led to our one-bedroom unit that would accommodate the three of us. It was a small villa worth P2,500: the room was air-con-conditioned, it has a bathroom next to the sink, and located outside was a small veranda for our shoes. 

Five minutes after fixing our stuff, we found ourselves walking to a nearby 711 store to get ourselves something to drink on the beach. However it was disappointing- all of the bottles of Emperador Lights were sold out. There were also a few guys waiting for their turn to get what they want from the liquor rack so we needed to get an alternative.

We sat by a table on the beach in front of La Primavera  which is next to around 10 resorts. There were groups already drunk and the guys next to us were drinking in front of crabs that we suspect were only props (we were waiting for them to share the crabs with us but at the end of the drinking session, we noticed they never touched the crabs).

At around four in the morning, we had to cut the fun to rest. In the morning when the daylight came knocking at the door, here’s what we saw that officially welcomed us to Matabungkay! I really had a good time feasting on the view of the boats with pop designs. 

In fact, we extended our walk to the far end of the beach. We exited through a private lot which was being developed to become another resort in the area. The caretaker came greeting us- she escorted us to avoid their dog from attacking us. 

3 Reasons Why You Should Book at La Primavera

1. HOME-READY. They know convenience. They have rice cooker and even sound system for rent. Thus you do not need to bring your entire kitchen. For those who are into snorkeling, they have got you covered, too. 

2. GOOD FOR GROUPS. They offer a wide range of accommodation from full house to one-bedroom unit. For the pricing:
Villa House- two storey house that can accommodate 15-20- guests- P12,000.
Loft Units- can accommodate 15 guests- P9,000
Regular Units- can accomodate 6 pax- P3,500
Day Tour- P100 per guest
Table Rental for day tour guests- P500 for 6 guests
Havana- P1,500-2,500 

One of the houses has a rooftop function hall fronting the beach. Here it is and other photos:

3. BEYOND THE BEACH FUN. This Matabungkay resort has its own function room, karaoke area, and grill house aside from the usual swimming pool. Since I am a person who goes to the beach without taking a dip, this is perfect for me. The karaoke room is enough for me to say I had fun.

For more information about La Primavera Beach Resort, message them HERE or just contact 0917.700.8738. 

One of the most memorable parts of this vacation was when we had lunch on banana leaf like a simple boodle fight. I ate two cups of rice.

In the afternoon, we packed our things for our travel back to Manila, back to the polluted panorama of the metropolis that reminds us to rest once in a while.


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