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Southern Tagalog Arterial Road / STAR Tollway

Apolinario Mabini Superhighway
Map of expressways in Luzon, with the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road in red
Route information
Length: 41.9 km (26.0 mi)
Major junctions
North end: South Luzon Expressway in Santo Tomas, Batangas

Maharlika Highway in Santo Tomas, Batangas

Laurel Highway in Lipa
South end: Diversion Road in Batangas City
Major cities: Tanauan City, Lipa City and Batangas City
Towns: Santo Tomas, Malvar, Ibaan
Highway system
Highways in the Philippines

The Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (also known as the STAR Tollway or CALABARZON Expressway) is a two-to-four-lane 42 km (26 mi) expressway in the province of Batangas in the Philippines. It is operated by STAR Infrastructure Development Corporation (STAR - IDC).

The expressway starts at the intersection with the Pan-Philippine Highway (also known as the Maharlika Highway) and the South Luzon Expressway in Santo Tomas and runs southward, near Diversion Road, to Batangas City. It passes through Malvar, Tanauan, Lipa and Ibaan.


In an effort to link the different Southern Tagalog Provinces to the National Capital Region, the government with the cooperation of the Provincial Government of Batangas and with the technical and country developmental assistance of the Government of Japan through the Japan Official Development Assistance, made the STAR Tollway project a reality.

The STAR Tollway I, from Santo Tomas to Lipa, was opened in 2001; STAR Tollway II, from Lipa to the Batangas City Port, opened in 2008. It is fully operational for all motorists. Currently, only two lanes of the Lipa-Batangas road have been constructed, and this will be expanded to four lanes once this section reaches capacity. It was opened as part of the Road Development Project of the government, linking the South Luzon Expressway to STAR Tollway onwards to the Batangas Port in Batangas City. The travel time from Manila to Batangas City became 2 hours when Stage 2 opened.

The STAR Tollway Project I and II was funded by Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways - Urban Roads Project Office (DPWH - URPO).

The STAR Tollway is now under the supervision of the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) and it is being operated by the Star Tollway Corporation.

Name and origin[edit]

On February 9, 2004, Congresswoman Victoria Hernandez Reyes from the Third Congressional District of Batangas of the House of the Representatives, authored the House Bill 2753, or also known as the "Act of Renaming the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) to Apolinario Mabini Superhighway (AMS)." On May 15, 2007, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed and approved House Bill 2753 to rename the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road to Apolinario Mabini Superhighway, and it was made into a law, now called the Republic Act 9462 (RA 9462).[1]


Announced by the operator, STAR-Infrastructure Development Corporation, on May 16, 2013, the STAR Tollway Upgrading and Rehabilitation Project is stated to begin on July 2013 as announced by SIDC president Melvin Nazareno. Under the project, the expressway would undergo several upgrade and rehabilitation on its roads and facilities in order to keep up with the demand of the expressway. The expressway project includes the following:[2]

Santo Tomas–Lipa Segment[edit]

The existing 4-lane stretch from Santo Tomas to Lipa will be rehabilitated and upgraded from a four lane concrete road to a four lane asphalt road similar to other existing toll roads in the country. The whole stretch of the expressway would be installed with CCTV cameras by installation of fiber-optic cables. Also there is the upgrade of the toll collection system which would make it faster and more seamless and the adding of lights.

Lipa–Batangas City Segment[edit]

On the other hand, the 2-lane stretch of road from Lipa to Batangas City will be rehabilitated and upgraded to a four lane asphalt road similar to the Santo Tomas–Lipa Segment of the expressway with some interchange reworks on some exit to fit this upgrade. Like the Santo-Tomas–Lipa Segment, the whole stretch of the expressway would be installed with CCTV cameras by installation of fiber-optic cables. Also there is the upgrade of the toll collection system which would make it faster and more seamless. The expansion of the Lipa–Batangas City segment commenced on June 2013, and is expected to finish in 24 months, in June 2015 with adding of lights. [3]

Technical specifications[edit]

The Santo Tomas-Batangas City segment of STAR Tollway.
  • Name: Southern Tagalog Arterial Road
  • Concession Holder: STAR Infrastructure Development Corporation
  • Operator: STAR Tollway Corporation
  • Length: 41.90 km
  • Concession starting date: 2002
  • Concession ending date: (2029)
  • Highway exits: 6
  • Toll plazas: 6
  • Rest and service areas: 1
  • Minimum height clearance on underpasses: 4.27m (14')
  • Lanes: four (Sto. Tomas to Ibaan-Batangas City boundary), three (2 lane southbound, 1 lane northbound) (Ibaan-Batangas City boundary to Batangas City)


The whole expressway employs a closed system, where drivers get a card on the entry point and surrender it upon exiting the toll road. There is no electronic collection system used on the expressway.

Class Rate
Class 1
(Cars, Motorcycles, SUVs, Jeepneys)
Class 2
(Buses, Light Trucks)
Class 3
(Heavy Trucks)


Exits are numbered by kilometer post, with Rizal Park in Manila designated as Kilometer 0. Exits start at 60 because the SLEX is connected with STAR Tollway. Thus, the last exit of SLEX will be succeeded continuously by the first exit in STAR.

Location Exit number Name Interchange type Destination Notes
Santo Tomas 60 Santo Tomas Exit Four-ramp partial cloverleaf (End of Expressway) Pan-Philippine Highway - Calamba, Santo Tomas, San Pablo, Quezon Province, Lucena, Bicol Region Road continues as South Luzon Expressway
Santo Tomas Toll Plaza Northern toll barrier
Tanauan 65 Tanauan (Sambat) Exit Diamond Tanauan–Talisay Road - Tanauan, Talisay, Tagaytay, Laurel.
Malvar 70 Malvar (Bulihan) Exit Diamond Malvar, Summit Point, Balete.
Lipa 78 Balete (Santo Toribio) Exit Diamond Balete Road/Lipa-Balete Road - Lipa, Balete Construction of this exit was planned and started somewhere in the first half of 2000's (possibly 2006), but discontinued for unknown reasons. However, as of 2014 plan for Sto. Toribio toll plaza had been revived. It was opened on April 30, 2015. It was known as Balete Exit although it was located at Brgy. Sto. Toribio, Lipa.
77 Petron Service Area Only northbound service station in the tollway.
82 Lipa (Tambo) Exit Four-ramp partial cloverleaf President Jose P. Laurel Highway/Manila–Batangas Road - Lipa, Mataasnakahoy, Fernando Air Base, San Jose, Batangas City, Lipa–Cuenca–Alitagtag–Santa Teresita Road - Cuenca, Alitagtag, Santa Teresita, Taal, Lemery
Ibaan 93 Ibaan (Malainin) Exit Diamond San Jose-Ibaan Road - Ibaan, San Jose, Ibaan-Rosario Road/Batangas-Quezon Road-Rosario, Padre Garcia, San Antonio, San Juan
Batangas City Batangas City (Balagtas) Toll Plaza Southern toll barrier
102 Batangas City (Balagtas) Exit Roundabout President Jose P. Laurel Highway/Manila–Batangas Road-Batangas City, San Jose, Lipa, Batangas Port Diversion Road - Batangas Port. End of expressway.

Future exits[edit]

Location Exit number Name Interchange type Destination Notes
Lipa 75 Petron Service Area Southbound service station

See also[edit]


  1. ^ BIS Online Query
  2. ^ Star Tollway Upgrade and Rehab Set , Manila Standard Today, May 16, 2013
  3. ^ 2.3 Billion Peso Star Tollway expansion starts , The Philippine Star, June 3, 2013

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