The ship of hope
MANILA, Philippines - The largest floating library in the world, the Logos Hope, arrived in Manila last February 17. Carrying more than 5,000 titles, the ship officially opened its doors to Manila, providing high-quality books at a fraction of the cost.
Having come from Cebu, the crew of the ship, comprising about 56 nationalities is regarded as a genuine expression of international goodwill and understanding. The primary aims of the vessel is to provide quality reading materials at affordable cost, promoting peace in diversity, expressing love to those in need and guiding people towards a purposeful life.
Many of the volunteer crew members are in their 20s and 30s, coming from a broad range of disciplines and professions. From the captain down to the newest staff, each one is assigned a job that is essential in keeping the ship running; they normally serve for a period of 2 years.
Good Books for All (GBA Ships e.V.), which runs the Logos Hope, is a non-profit organization based in Germany. Since 1970, the organization’s vessels have made over 1,400 port visits in over 160 countries and territories, and were enjoyed by over 42 million visitors, bringing knowledge, help and hope.
Logos Hope is currently docked at Pier 15 in South Harbor, behind the Manila Hotel until March 13. The floating bookstore is open from Tuesday to Saturday (10 am – 9:30 pm) and Sunday (1 pm to 9:30 pm). An entrance fee of P20 is required; children under 12 are free. After Manila, her next port of call will be in Subic. - Rappler.com
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