I Visited Logos Hope: World's Largest Floating Book Fair

Warning: Photos overload!

Nostalgia – While looking upon the huge ship in front of me yesterday, I felt like I had been here before. Then I recalled MV Doulos. Oh yes, I had visited the previous ship which also had docked on the same port a couple of years ago, I guess that was last 2007 or 2008.
View from outside while we were still on our lines.
Glad I got to visit this before they travel again to another port in February 12; they had been in Cebu since January 11 though. So James and I were on our lines towards the ship. It was a very hot Sunday afternoon, glad I brought with me my purple umbrella which gave us shade throughout the 20-30 minute wait. The three foreign attendants in the entrance booth were also fast with their transactions. Entrance fee is Php 20 per head but those who are below 12 years old are free.



Look at how long the line was.
With the mascot and our tickets...
We were greeted by these smiling foreigners inside to the welcome area where a two minute video about the ship and what to do inside the ship was presented. The pretty lady greeted us with a Cebuano greeting, “Maayung Hapon” and welcomed us towards the book fair. The prices are not in peso though since the books came from all over the world, they mark it on Logos’ units. A hundred units is equal to a hundred  pesos.

The orientation was cool because of the seats, it was designed just like a boat too!
I can definitely say that the book fair is great for the whole family, the educational books range from Sports, Science, Dictionaries, Inspirational and a lot more. There were souvenir items as well like caps, pens, mugs and notebooks. James bought a new Bible in New International Version and a financial book as well while I bought two inspirational books.
Goofing on books... If you are a bookworm, you shouldn't miss getting on one of these.
My loot bag! The cute polka dot designed bag is good for Php 10.
From the book fair, we went into Hope’s Life Experience presentation, it’s an interactive display about a fictitious young man’s life, and it was like the bible story of the prodigal son. It was one of my favourite parts of the ship.
There’s a corner solely for the children as well inside the vicinity, they were playing and reading some books inside. The children’s parents were there watching while their babies were playing with the crews.
Children playing with the crews.
If you are tired from selecting books, a café is actually available inside the vessel to chill out a bit. We went into the i-Café which stands for International Café where they offer beverages and snacks as well. Their menu ranges from coffee, juice, cakes, waffles, pop corns and ice-cream.
Due to the long line, we decided not to buy anything, anyway we were actually full.
There were crews singing inside the area as well, I could identify one Filipino with them actually.
Can you identify who's pinoy in the photo above?
Now I was really lucky I got to take a photograph with the Logos’ Captain. He was accommodating and charming. He looked like those captains I have seen in cartoon movies. Teehee.
And oh by the way, I like the crews’ cabins and sleeping area too! Check it out:
Nice lights on the head boards and the teddy bear on the upper deck added flavor to the view.

There are 45 volunteer crews from different races and countries all over the world for two years. We had talked to this beautiful lady crew inside the Life Experience section and she mentioned that you need to be 18 so one can be a volunteer. She was just 21 years old. Amazing kiddo, I wonder if she misses her family.
Pretty! :)
Just some of the crews of the vessel.
 This could be a “once-in-a-lifetime event,” we wouldn’t know if they could still visit us in the next years, so make sure to come and visit the ship. They are docked in Malacañang Berth near Fort San Pedro and Plaza Independecia and open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. The ship is closed on Mondays and bear in mind, in February 12, they will travel towards Manila so make sure to pay a visit if you don’t want to be left behind.

More photos below:
This shows the origin and history of the ship.
Cashiers were very fast on their transactions too!
CDs are also available inside, they were classified from Worship music, bands and solo singers.
Pencils as souvenirs.
James outside the vessel...
It's me!
Check www.logoshope.org/philippines for more information.



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