Sunday, February 19, 2012

MV Logos Hope: Floating Book Fair


This is the MV Doulos docked in Pier 15 during her final visit to Manila.  Built in 1914 (only a couple of years younger than the Titanic) the Doulos was the world's oldest passenger liner still sailing the seven seas until it retired in 2010 in accordance with the international maritime law.

Following in her footsteps is the MV Logos Hope, the newest vessel in the GBA Ships fleet. She carries the world’s largest floating book fair and has docked in Manila as part of her maiden voyage around the world. The newer and larger Logos Hope features a greater space for visitors and more comfortable browsing in the air conditioned book fair and café area.



The book fair on board Logos Hope offers a wider selection of over 5,000 books at affordable prices. The subjects of the books include science, sports, hobbies, cookery, the arts, medicine, dictionaries, languages, and philosophy. With children’s titles, academic texts, dictionaries, atlases and more, the book fair is something the whole family can enjoy.

MV Logos Hope will open to the public at Pier 15, Berth 4, South Harbor from Feb. 17 until March 13. Opening hours are from 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on Sundays; the ship will be closed on Mondays. Tickets cost P20; children under 12 are allowed for free, but must be accompanied by an adult.



Bea Wessels from Austria warmly greeted the visitors of MV Doulos. She was among the ship's 350 volunteers from various countries who are otherwise known as ambassadors of goodwill and peace.

Doulos has traveled to over 100 countries since 1978 and carries over 6,000 different titles of books, covering a wide range of subjects. The vessel has received over 18 million visitors; in some ports, thousands of people reportedly waited in line each day for several hours to come on board.  MV Dolous has since retired.

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7 comments:

  1. Very interesting use of the ship! I guess a great idea!

    Alexander
    Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

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  2. I love books, and I love boats. Titanic (John Cameron's) was on tv last week, and it is shocking to think such an elegant boat has been forced to dock. Looks like I missed my chance to check this one out. Thank you, Eric, for sharing this!

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    1. Hey Keith, its replacement, the MV Logos Hope is currently here in Manila. Check it out!

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    2. Tito Eric, thank you for stopping in on my blog, and thsank you for the update on the book fair. I must say the trip to the Phils is a long ways in the future, but now I have more to enjoy

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  3. Can one park near the MV Logos Hope? Thanks.

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    1. Yes, there's a huge parking lot nearby.

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