SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – The world’s largest floating book fair, M/V Logos Hope, has arrived in this free port on Friday (March 16) for a three-week book bazaar and cultural interaction with the local community.
The ship, which replaced the decommissioned floating bookstore M/V Doulos, features greater space for visitors and a more comfortable browsing experience with its air conditioned book fair and café area.
The book fair has an expanded selection of over 5,000 titles available at affordable prices, said Rahel Von Rotz, project coordinator of the visit.
The ship also has a Visitor Experience Deck, which will be open for the public to explore, and the International Café, which will serve ice cream, drinks and snacks.
M/V Logos Hope will be open to the public from March 17 to April 8. Opening hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and from 1:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sundays. Entrance fee is at P20, but children under 12 are free of charge. However, they must be accompanied by an adult.
Aside from the book fair, the ship will also have cultural performances by the ship’s crew, which consists of 400 volunteers from 45 countries. Von Rotz said that the new ship remains faithful to its predecessor’s mission of bringing knowledge to people.
“We have three purpose statements: to bring knowledge, help and hope,” Von Rotz said. “It’s knowledge not just through books, but also through programs on board the ship.”
Von Rotz explained that they have educational programs designed for primary school children. These they can watch at the ship’s 400-seat theater.
She added that on the ship’s first Sunday in Subic, visitors will have a chance to interact with the crew and visit other areas on the ship. “That is quite a unique opportunity where we can bring children and expose them to international people,” she added. M/V Logos Hope is operated by GBA Ships e.V., an international, charitable organization registered in Germany.
The visit of Logos Hope is conducted in partnership with Operation Mobilisation Philippines. GBA Ships have visited Subic seven times, with the most recent visit in December 2007, seeing 60,000 visitors on board the M/V Doulos.