MV Logos Hope: World’s Largest Floating Book Fair

After deliberating which place to go this Sunday, I decided to go to the floating book fair, a ship docked in Manila that provides high quality books for a fraction of the cost.

The MV Logos Hope docked in South Harbor Manila

It will be docked in Manila until March 13, 2012. They are open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10 am to 9 pm except for Sundays where they opens by 1pm- 9pm. It is docked in Manila Pier 15, South Harbor…at the back of Manila Hotel and Manila Ocean Park.

Coming in this floating book store made me reminisce about my childhood past.

When I was still a kid (about 5-8 years old), my mom and I came aboard the MV Doulos which was docked in Legazpi City Port–Mind you, I though it was a cruise ship, and my mom, brother and I will cruise together to see the whole Asia– LOL!– wishful thinking!Ā  I remember that going inside that ship was my first time to come aboard a marine vessel— a huge one at that. I remembered walking the planks and looking at the yellow beam of lights inside the vessel–which resembles those found in coffeeshops LOL! Although the yellow lights makes you feel relaxed, the people inside were total chaos! Being a child with tiny little feet, I was confused on why there are a lot of freaking people walking here and there… and I was overwhelmed by the number of books being sold—although, honestly I don’t care a bit about them– I was still a child with no knowledge of the importance of books, I just held my mom’s hand to make sure that I won’t get lost…. My mom bought a book and I saw this huge giant pencil! And I clamored that my mom should buy me that– which she did… And It only costs P25.00. By the way, it was my first time to see those huge giant pencils (13″ in length) and it was first sold in Legazpi through MV Doulos. My mom also bought me a yummy ice cream on board– YUM!

I was actually saddened when I heard the news that the MV Doulos which I have thought highly of, had already retired due to old age… And what made it worse is that it visited Manila a couple of times in 2007-2009 yet I’ve never went to see it (Mind you, I didn’t visit it because I don’t have any news about it!)-– I was saddened because a memory of my childhood was also embedded on its planks— I really wanna catch a glimpse of what it looks like in this adult eyes of mine.. and to walk there using this adult feet that I have now šŸ˜¦

Anyway, here I am, wandering around the new ship, the successor of the beautiful and mighty MV Doulos– the MV LOGOS HOPE!

Places where the MV Logos shared Happiness šŸ™‚
And Now, It's in the PHILIPPINES!!!

The MV Logos, just like its predecessor, consists of a lot of unpaid volunteers– 400 in number– they came aboard this ship to share and give knowledge to the world! There is 5000 book titles to choose from… which I think is overwhelming! Isn’t it? It was said to be the largest floating book fair in the world!!

You can see that this ship is a melting pot of different nationalities with only one goal– to help the needy by providing cheap priced quality books… so that people, rich or poor, can have access to information and knowledge without spending too much…

If only I have time, and with no pressures from my parents…I can volunteer myself to this wonderful organization with a wonderful cause. I love their cause and I hope they continue providing a smile to different countries and various nationalities of this big round world… More Power for MV Logos Hope!

So, here is my experience to this new MV Logos Hope:

It was a Sunday afternoon, around 1 pm, when I decided to take a peek of this widely talked about Floating book fair. I was one of the first few people who boarded the ship…

But, what I hate about this experience is the long walk from the gates of the pier to the ship itself.. It took me a 20-30 minute walk— since I don’t have a car and the taxi driver dropped me off the gate!– which I think is a very wrong move, anyway, I acquiesced so it’s partly my fault…Ā  It was hot and humid that time… I totally sweated like a pig!

Almost there!

Anyway, After a long walk, I arrived in the MV Logos, there is an entrance fee of P20.00 for adults, and children (12 years old below) are free of charge! šŸ™‚

Entrance booth= P20.00 per person
Now, I'm entering the MV Logos Hope
Upon Entering MV Logos Hope

The books are priced in units– not in Pesos. 1 unit is equal to 1 peso {1 unit= 1 peso}

Price Guide in MV Logos Hope

The books are totally cheap!!! I was really amazed!!! Children books which are sold for P300-500 in local bookstores are sold in MV Logos for only P100.00… Isn’t it a steal? Moreover, they sell Fiction Novels, children books, Bibles and other stuff for a really low price.

Children Books in the Fair

Nancy Drew in MV Logos Hope

By the way being the travel junkie that I am, I easily spotted the travel section– It has 3 shelves, so basically there’s a lot of travel books….Although it doesn’t have the usual “lonely planet” “globetrotter” travel guides, what they have will still suffice for my relentless hunger for travel!

My Section šŸ™‚

I came across this two books which I totally love. This is the only thing I bought! I bought these 2 babies for only (P350.00). If I’ll buy this in local bookstores maybe I cannot even afford it! P350.00 is totally low compared to the usual prices of travel guide books which is usually P500 to P1500!

My Lovely Babies šŸ™‚

If you are thinking, why is it that this is only the thing I bought during my visit, it was because I only have a meager P500.00 in my wallet! I totally forgot to withdraw money!!— So, how can I afford to buy other things if I don’t have the money to exchange for them??? hahaha.. so, I’m planning to go back there and hit the racks once again!

By the way, they accept credit cards– Mastercard and Visa!! Good Lord, I hope I knew of it earlier so I had shopped till I dropped!— naahh, I don’t know if I still have money in my credit card — I think it is full of airline and hotel ticket bills for my travel this April and May šŸ™‚

After payment, you will see paintings/life-sized pictures depicting the Prodigal Son…. It completely covers the story from end-to-end…Ā  It was such a wonderful experience walking down the hall while a recorded sound plays in the background and tells you the story of The Prodigal Son….

After the winding walk in the Journey of Life, I was greeted by the sweet aroma of coffee in the International Cafe… I didn’t buy anything though since I only have P150 in my wallet:( But, I’m sure that I’ll be coming back!

At the end, I saw a Sticky Notes Board—Ā  I thought that I was also in N tower in Seoul– looking at it made me remember the Love wall inside N tower, anyway, this is not a Love wall but a wall to remember us to be safe and be scared of AIDS. This is an AIDS prevention and counseling booth šŸ™‚

The Sticky Notes Wall

After that, I’m now at the exit and needs to go… Bye Bye MV Logos see you again!!

It is a good place to buy books since the price is really really low and the kids would love the idea of getting on-board a ship! Well, being a child-at-heart makes me say that I really loved the experience, since I felt like I’m reliving Rose from Titanic! If only I can get on the decks I will totally imitate the “flying” scene of Jack Dawson šŸ™‚

17 thoughts on “MV Logos Hope: World’s Largest Floating Book Fair”

    1. Hi Nick! wow, thank you! I’m flattered šŸ™‚ I was really busy the past few days that’s why I wasn’t able to write much and also I don’t have internet since I accidentally destroyed my broadband router šŸ™‚ Thank you, your words made me really happy… this really kind words you’ve said is indeed overwhelming–especially it came from you– My Idol šŸ™‚ Thank you very much Nick! šŸ™‚

  1. Nice to know you went there, too! I also visited last Feb. 19. I got a few books. Love the ice cream and vanilla coke! I was supposed to volunteer for the Life X-perience booth but had a lot of stuff to finish at work. I’m hoping to go back before they leave for Subic. I wanna buy more books!

    1. I didn’t try the ice cream though, but I will when I come back there. How much is the ice cream?? They said that the ice ream is indeed good… Oh, so we can volunteer there??–I want too!! šŸ™‚ I’m also gonna go back there maybe this Sunday šŸ™‚ I wanna buy storybooks for my nephew… they’re very cheap there… šŸ™‚

      1. I think the ice cream’s P30. You should try it, it’s good! šŸ™‚ As for volunteering for the Life X-perience, Logos Hope actually partnered with the NGO where I work since we have advocacy on HIV and AIDS. You have to have undergone the HIV and AIDS workshop to volunteer. Anyway, I might go back this Sunday also to buy more books for kids! Cheers to Logos Hope!

  2. Thanks for sharing your experience on board MV Logos, Yannah. We were looking for how much was the price range for the books being sold there so this post was a big help. Interesting to know that it’s by the unit. By the way, aside from travel guidebooks, have you ever tried reading travel memoirs? Last I read was one of Frances Mayes’ Tuscany series. Makes you want to move to Italy šŸ™‚ -Jenny

  3. yannah!!!! i want to get there now! by the way, until when would the floating book fair stay there in Manila?

    anyway, as always, love your post! hehe..

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