|Logos Hope Floating Bookstore|
Manila Bay, Feb 17 - March 13, 2012
It was on a bright and sunny (not to mention hot) Saturday morning when I visited the Logos Hope at the Manila Bay. It was a thrill to finally step on board the world's largest floating bookstore!
Since not everyone has the opportunity to visit this remarkable ship carrying over 5,000 titles, I wanted this blog to give a feel of what it's like inside! So enjoy!
At the entrance we are given out this brochure after paying a minimal P20.00 entrance fee per head. Entrance is free for Children 12 years and below.
The brochure contains the layout of the ship, where everything we will visit is on the 1st storey. As you can see, there is only 1 way in and out of the ship, starting with:
- Welcome area and Theater
- Book Fair
- Journey of Life
- International Cafe
|Logos Hope Layout - shows only one way in and out of the ship starting from the welcome area.|
1. Welcome Area and Lifeboat Theater
Upon entering we were welcomed at the Lifeboat Theater where we were shown a short film presentation about Logos Hope, including a brief orientation on what to find inside, such as the pricing system used for the books which are in units. This is to make selling from port to port easy. For our particular visit, we were told that 100 units is equivalent to 100 pesos. Very easy!
According to the brochure, the ship has over 5,000 titles and 500,000 books in storage on board! There are 450 crew members who live on board the ship, coming from 45 different nationalities from all over the world!
Here are some photos of the Welcome area and Theater.
|Welcome Area and Lifeboat Theater|
|To the left of the theater is a brief exhibit about the boat's history|
going back to the 1970s
2. Book Fair!
Finally we enter the book fair area and I was impressed by the wide variety of books with very reasonable prices. I even saw hardcover books ranging from 200 - 600 pesos - very reasonable for hardbound books! Come to think of it, I didn't find any book priced more than 600. And the condition of the books are very good, with jacket and all.
The genres range from fiction to non-fiction, from religion to science, from children's books to cook books, and from sports to music and the arts. It's amazing how they manage to fit 5,000 titles and over 500,000 books in storage on board!
3. Journey of Life Exhibit
The story of The Prodigal Son told in pictures. A walk-through storybook.
This smaller theater provides more information about the ship's crew and their mission. It gives a glimpse into the life of the crew on the ship and their work.
5. International Cafe
The international cafe reminded me more of a canteen than a cafe. They served snacks such as cakes, ice cream, and popcorn.
|Got myself this deliciously cold ice cream cone!|
A welcome treat after all that book shopping!
And there you have it! A quick tour of the Logos Hope!
For more information, visit www.logoshope.org