Visiting the Floating Bookstore: A New Way to Celebrate My Birthday
Floating Bookstore in Manila? Amazing, right? I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read about it. Apparently, MV Logos makes annual stops in the country. I keep asking myself: How come I have never heard of this? Had I known earlier, I would have made visiting the Floating Bookstore a yearly thing as well.
Anyway, I have decided that this is where I am spending my birthday this year. I can barely contain my excitement! Just a few more days and I’ll be in a ship surrounded by books! This will definitely be the birthday celebration of all birthday celebrations. HA!
I sort of did some research and it looks like MV Logos Hope made its first stop in Cebu this year. Right now, MV Logos Hope is in Manila from 16th February 2012 to 14th March 2012. According to their website, the Floating Bookstore schedule is as follows: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 21:30 |Sunday: 13:00 – 21:30 | Monday: Closed. I say it’s easy to fit the Floating Bookstore in your schedule since they’re open for the weekends. I also heard from thewebwanderer that books offered might be on 50-70% off. So for bibliophiles out there, mark your calendars now.
Moreover, it seems that there are 5,000 titles to choose from and that the MV Logos Hope carries about 500,000 books in its deck. Book categories include: Arts, Cooking, Economics, Fiction, General Reference, Hobbies, Languages, Medicine, Philosophy, Science, and Sports. Another interesting fact about the Floating Bookstore is that the crew members are all volunteers. Yes, they are unpaid. They have chosen to dedicate two years of their lives for this cause. I admire them for that. Furthermore, the money generated from the book sales are used for helping build orphanages, charity donations, and for giving free health checkups for people diagnosed with HIV. This is definitely a huge step in executing their Mission & Vision, which is to “bring knowledge, help, and hope to the people of the world.”
MV Logos Hope is docked at Pier 15 South Harbor (situated at the back of Manila Hotel). Entrance fee for the Floating Bookstore is at PhP 20.00. How neat is that? For just 20 pesos, you get the chance to learn about other cultures from the MV Logos crew, meet new friends, buy good titles, and do your share in helping our less fortunate brothers.
Photo credits: MV Logos Hope Website