SUPERLINES TRANSPORTATION COMPANY, INC. (STCI) began with a single unit minibus running the ATIMONAN–LUCENA ROUTE. It was the start of an exciting journey that would lead to its being the biggest bus company currently servicing the BICOL REGION as well as select areas of QUEZON PROVINCE.
The visionary behind the company, MANOLET ORTIZ LAVIDES, then a young entrepreneur, founded SUPERLINES TRANSPORTATION, in JANUARY 1975, at ATIMONAN, QUEZON. Initially acquiring a brand new thirty five (35) seater Mazda minibus, the bold and energetic manager began plying the ATIMONAN–LUCENA ROUTE. It did not take long before he added another thirty five (35) seater minibus, and subsequently three (3) more forty five (45) seater units, this time to operate the new LUCENA–CALAUAG LINE.
Following the acquisition of ten (10) units and additional franchises in mid–1975, MANOLET LAVIDES repositioned the company from a single proprietorship into a family corporation, with himself administrating the duties of President and General Manager. He relinquished these responsibilities once he was elected to the legislative office of Congress in 1989. At present, he remains STCI’s Consultant and Chairman of the Board.
Growing from strength to strength and with the granting of another new franchise in 1977, STCI began operating the CUBAO–SANTA ELENA, CAMARINES NORTE LINE with a further ten (10) minibuses. This providentially advanced the company’s growing presence in the BICOL REGION.
In 1978, STCI was again granted the CUBAO–DAET, CAMARINES NORTE LINE franchise. The company consequently fielded fifteen (15) Isuzu buses with longer and wider bodies. Moreover answering to the business sector’s call for an upgraded means of travel, STCI purchased deluxe, air–conditioned buses which concretized its continuing commitment to providing accessible quality transport services across the board.