The Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (also known as the STAR Tollway or CALABARZON Expressway as townsfolk call the tollway) is a four-lane 42 km expressway in the Philippines. Operated by STAR Infrastructure Development Corporation (STAR - IDC), it runs from Santo Tomas to Batangas City, both within the province of Batangas.

The expressway starts at the intersection with the Maharlika Highway or formerly known as the Manila South Road (MSR) in Santo Tomas and runs southward, near Diversion Road, Batangas City. It passes through areas under the jurisdiction of the Municipality of Malvar and Tanauan City, Lipa City, Ibaan, Batangas City, and Bauan.

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 thru the Japan Official Development Assistance, made the STAR Tollway Project a reality.

The STAR Tollway I, from Santo Tomas to Lipa City, was opened in 2001 and STAR Tollway II, from Lipa City to the Batangas City Port, opened in 2008, is fully operational for all motorists. Currently, only two lanes of the Lipa-Batangas road have been constructed, and this will be expanded to 4 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 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.

On February 9, 2004, the Third (3rd) District Representative 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).

souce: wikipedia


  1. Joey M.Cristobal  

    August 29, 2011 at 3:02 AM

    Star Tollway must highly observe SAFETY before any repair to start inside the tollway because yesterday i was travelling Northbound & their reminder of on going repair is not visible & i stopped near the barrier , when suddenly a Nissan Frontier hit my rear portion because he did not notice the reminders ( NO LIGHTS ). STAR TOLLWAY must follow standard safety procedures , they must ensure safety of motorist to save lives.

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