Biggest floating library to dock in Subic Bay

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012


OLONGAPO CITY – MV Logos Hope – known as the largest among the floating libraries of the German-based organization Good Book for All (GBA) – will drop anchor in Subic Bay on March 15 to April 8, 2012 to bring knowledge, help and hope to local folks, especially children.

MV Logos Hope will also produce an on-board interactive program dubbed as “The Greatest Treasure”, an hour-long imaginary voyage with an eccentric pirate crew, games, puppet show, and a Christ-centered message of hope for the children.

Olongapo Mayor James “Bong” Gordon Jr. encourages students from public and private schools to visit the ship to find new discoveries and knowledge as an essential pillar of excellence.

“It is best to begin a child’s learning through the standards of books, especially with visuals that easily grasp their interests and lead them to discover new things,” Mayor Gordon said.

Logos Hope offers an expanded selection of over 5,000 titles at affordable prices covering a range of subjects including science, sports and hobbies which, aside from children, the whole family can enjoy.

Twice as big as the previous ships — Logos and Doulos, Logos Hope replaced MV Doulos, which was a frequent Philippine visitor before it retired due to old age.

Logos Hope generally visits a port for two weeks and continually sails from one port to another, year round. Since its launch in 2009, the ship has been in several regions: Northern Europe, the Caribbean, West Africa, the Mediterranean, the Arabian Peninsula and Asia.

“Books are a more reliable resource for research. They enhance our comprehension skills and highly develop our sensitivity and imagery,” said MV Logos Hope Project Manager Steven Kregel.

“We are looking forward to meet the children of Olongapo and Subic Bay to show them what we have for fun and learning.”

40 million people, 160 different countries

GBA’s mission to bring knowledge, help and hope to the people of the world started with the launch of its first vessel called Logos, meaning "the word" in Greek. The vessel sailed on her maiden voyage to India in 1971.

People flocked to the ship, hungry for the literature and hope Logos carried. In time, GBA Ships began looking for another ship to develop the increasing opportunities.

In 1977, GBA Ships purchased a second vessel and called her Doulos (another Greek word, meaning bond-servant) with the vision that the ship and those on board would be a servant to the nations. Doulos was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest active ocean-going passenger ship. After nearly four decades of service and 1,400 ports of call, over 42 million have visited the GBA ships and around 10,000 young people were trained in the ships for future service.

Logos Hope is now the only operational vessel as the older ships were both decommissioned in recent years. The ship is manned by crew and staff that are non-salaried volunteers representing 45 different nationalities.

So far, about 2,518,000 visitors have been on board Logos Hope from 65 different countries and territories and 42 ports of call it made since it was launched into service in 2009.

From March 16 to April 8, Logos Hope will be open to the communities around Subic Bay Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10:00 am to 9:30 pm and on Sundays from 1:00 pm to 9:30 pm. The entrance fee is P20.00 for visitors over 16 years old while the admission for children accompanied by adults aged 0-15, is free.(PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 23, 2012.

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