M/V Logos Hope docks in Manila

The world’s largest floating book fair is in town! Weeee!

The 12,519-gross-ton steel-hulled Logos Hope arrived in Manila on Thursday. It will be docked at South Harbor’s Pier 15 to sell books and entertain visitors.

Constructed in 1973, MV Logos Hope (first named Gustav Vasa) was originally built as a passenger car ferry sailing the North Atlantic routes.

“Good Books for All” (GBA) Ships purchased it in 2004 from the Smyril Line Company. GBA is a non-profit organization based in Germany that operates ships that sail around the world to bring knowledge, help and hope.

The crew and staff are all non-salaried volunteers. They are committed to do volunteer work for at least two years. The Logos Hope Community is indeed a genuine expression of international goodwill and understanding.

The ship has a library of some 500,000 books on board with over 5,000 different book titles to choose from.

PCOO Sec. Coloma Jr. (left) checks the books on sale at the “Logos Hope Floating Library” onboard MV Logos Hope following its formal opening at the Pier 15, South Harbor in Manila, Friday morning. Coloma led the ribbon cutting ceremony of the library.

It will be open to the public from February 15 to March 13. It is open on Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sundays, 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It is closed during Mondays.

Tickets cost 20 pesos for adults while children 12 years old and below are free of charge.

On Feb. 24, an International Night with performances showcasing various cultures will be held. On Feb. 26 and March 4, there will be an Open Ship Day with family-oriented activities. And on March 10, their African Choir will have an evening performance.

After her call in Manila, MV Logos Hope will also visit Subic Bay in Zambales from March 16 until April 8.

This will definitely be a trip worth making. The boys will definitely love it! Books + ship = happiness! Can’t wait! ;)

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