My childhood memories wouldn’t be complete without Dagupan bus. After my family left farming as a source of living in the latter part of the ’80s, we moved to a more accessible residence along the highway. This was to expedite our planned business which was selling ready-to-wear clothes in the marketplace. The idea was we go from market to market of the few municipalities on their market day, put up a tent, and sell our merchandise.
I remember my mother would travel approximately 4 hours, 8 hours in all back and forth to acquire the clothes we would sell. She went as far as Baclaran or Divisoria to obtain the goods we need to replenish our stocks. Our capital was small so she needed to travel weekly or sometimes twice a week. Dagupan bus was her favorite transportation. This bus company was named after Dagupan city.
My mom was a regular passenger of Dagupan bus for more than half a decade. I didn’t know how the bus company’s position was took over by Five Star and Victory liner as the number one bus company in Dagupan Pangasinan.
Then for the next half decade my mom became a loyal customer of Five Star. When time came that I would take the place of my mom to get some stocks in Metro Manila, I also became regular commuter of Five Star.
Now, Dagupan bus still exists but a bit lost its popularity. Some of the trucks are outdated. No upgrades. They haven’t made any developmental change. No matter what happen to that bus company, the fact that it made my life vibrant is something I’ll be thankful about.