Floating bookstore back in Manila



MANILA, Philippines—The floating bookstore is back in Manila. MV Logos Hope has returned to the Philippines and will remain at Pier 15 in the Port Area, Manila, until March 13 when it leaves for Subic Bay.

With a P20 entrance fee, families, teachers, students, bibliophiles or the simply curious can go see the world’s largest floating book fair and buy quality books at affordable prices. MV Logos Hope is open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The floating bookstore, owned by Christian charity organization GBA Ships, is run by a volunteer crew. It boasts more than 5,000 titles, covering a wide range of topics. The ship has been sailing from port to port since 2009 in its mission of “bringing knowledge, help and hope to the people of the world.”

It has traveled across 160 countries and made a stop in Cebu last January. The MV Logos Hope follows in the wake of floating book fair MV Doulos before it was turned over to a new owner in 2010.—Jaymee T. Gamil

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  • randyaltarejos

    Why can’t  the government do the same thing as what the floating bookstore does? Haul all those books from well-known universities, National Library, Thomas Jefferson Library and the British Council, into the RPS Pangulo or other naval ships and hop from one province to another all over the Philippines? In this way, those students in the remotest parts of the country may have the opportunity to read those books.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QW32ZNITTRILZK6JTGJWTBODHY John Raphael

      The government can’t even reliably run a simple National Library, and you expect them to be able to run a floating, mobile library? 

    • kismaytami

       Internet man… No need for books.

    • She_Comments

      I like your idea. Hopefully, if the government cannot do it, then someone from the private sector can take initiative. I am reminded how one of our national artists Muslim sculptor Abdulmari Imao was in a way “discovered” through a ship that exhibited artworks in Mindanao. Never having seen works of art before, he was so amazed by the exhibit that he visited the ship everyday, gaining the notice of the art curator who, after seeing he had talent, encouraged him to go to Manila to study. The rest, as they say, is history – with this poor young man who was never exposed to art becoming one of the country’s foremost visual artists. Imagine if we can light that spark in people who do not have or have limited access to books.

  • randyaltarejos

    What about those who in the far-flung areas? Do they have internet in the uplands and in the remote coastal areas? Well, what I’m saying is that this will not be a permanent floating bookstore initiated by the government. Perhaps, the government can do this on a periodic basis. Do you think they have internet access in Bongao and Turtle Group of Islands and in the Kalayaan?

  • hitokirihoshi

    This is cool place to visit especially for book lovers.  I wish i can visit this one with my friends.  

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