Let’s face it. Pabama Bus Tours and Transport Bukidnon used to be regarded as the “smallest player” among the 3 bus companies serving the Bukidnon – Cagayan de Oro route. Pabama, owned by a family based in the Municipality of Kibawe in Bukidnon, had the smallest fleet compared to Rural Transit Mindanao (formerly Bachelor Express) and Super 5.
These days, however, the small fry is now very ready to face the giants.
Pabama invaded social media by storm when they introduced their brand new, high-end units made by Chinese firm Zhong Tong. Check out this photo taken by my policeman-cousin Erwin:
The new Pabama Bukidnon buses are equipped with mini trays (just like what you see in airplanes), cup holders, comfortable captain chairs and yup, check out the individual tablets! You will definitely be kept entertained since the tablets have music, games, movies etc. You can also use your own USB (either you open your own files or you can charge your smartphones – pretty convenient!)
Here are other photos of the new Bukidnon buses that are definitely the talk of the town. All photos from the Pabama Facebook page:
The units are airconditioned and fare is pegged at Php 130.00 per person from Malaybalay City to Cagayan de Oro. I also heard that they have drinks for sale onboard!
Pabama serves the Kibawe to CDO route. The buses make pit stops at major municipalities and cities along the way including Valencia City and Malaybalay City.
Rural Transit Mindanao did not really replace Bachelor Express. Rural Transit Mindanao covers specific routes (like Pagadian, Dipolog, etc) while Bachelor Express covers routes like Butuan and Davao. Your statement which says “Rural Transit Mindanao formerly Bachelor Express” seems to imply that there are no longer Bachelor Express buses.
I agree with you madamme. as I observed, rural tours operates the western routes(southwest having cdo as the ref point) bachelor express serves the east (going northeast from dvo cty).
Thanks for the clarification! I appreciate this
It would be better if it will extend its route to Davao City… The long journey would be enjoyable and comfy!