By EDSELLE MAE Q. RAMAT
BAGUIO CITY — MV Logos Ships together with its crew member volunteers from different countries will be bringing good quality books at affordable prices to San Fernando City, La Union as they open the world’s largest floating book fair on May 24 to June 2.
According to Joanne Li, the Taiwanese Project Manager and Coordinator of the GBA ships, an international charitable organization that is registered in Germany, there are 400 crew members from 45 different countries.
More than 5,000 different kinds of books from a large collection of different categories are presented in the book fair. Subjects such as science, sports, hobbies, arts, philosophy, medicines, languages are included.
Li said local books from the ports they went to are also included but most of the books are English books. They usually visit the city of Manila which was visited 14 times and they have also visited Cebu City with an equivalent of 11 ship visits. This May 24 will be the first time that they will visit San Fernando, La Union.
Aside from the book fair, cultural events and conferences are also conducted inside the ship. According to the press release of Logos Hope, crew members get benefits from training programs conducted inside the ship in which they learn new skills and character building.
In a press release Logos Hope explained that these volunteers fill the different positions on the ship depending on their professional capacities like engineers, cooks, bookkeepers or electricians. Despite the cultural diversity, the crew members present unity as they work together to keep the ship successively active and aims to bring knowledge, help and hope to the community.
Operated by the GBA Ships, MV Logos Hope is open to the public from May 24 to June 2 at the Poro Point, PPIC Pier 2 of San Fernando, La Union. Li said that children may enter for free as long as there are adults with them. With an entrance fee of 20 pesos, the public will also experience the different facilities of the ship.
The ship will be open for the public during Mondays to Tuesdays from 2:00pm to 9:30pm, on Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10:00am to 9:30pm and on Sundays from 1:00pm to 9:30pm.
Logos Hope has been sailing since February 2009 and received 40 million visitors from around 160 countries around the world. # nordis.net