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[Photos] On Board MV Logos Hope: The World’s Largest Floating Book FairReturns to Cebu

MV Logos Hope Returns to Cebu

The World’s largest floating book fair has finally returned to Cebu  last Tuesday morning, as it’s second visit since 2012, and officially welcomed the public yesterday at 1pm, where Zooey and I got to visit at around 5pm. If reading is your happy pill, be sure to visit this world-travelling vessel. MV Logos Hope is operated by German charity group GBA (Good Books for All) and has over 400 volunteers from more than 50 different nations. It aims to bring knowledge, help, and hope to the people around the world by offering thousands of books at affordable prices and holding cultural events, introducing unique cultures of Africa, Americas, Europe and Asia.

Can I get a WOW, anyone? Yeyeyaahh!! 🙂

The moment I read an online news about it’s return, my eyes widened in awe, I grinded my teeth with excitement, and felt like my heart just skipped a beat!

OH. MY. GEE. For the love of reading, I will not dare miss this!!!

MV Logos Hope ambassador 2015 lol 😊😚🚢📖
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I immediately told Zooey that we’ll be going to the book fair since she also loves reading and likes going to bookstores with me, plus the fact that she hasn’t been on a ship yet makes it a perfect date for us. Though she wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, she got too excited, all because I shared the news with so much enthusiasm! Haha (I’m that kind of mom who loves to share small things with so much thrill and Zooey is that kind of girl who reacts with the happiest face even before hearing what I have to say! Hahaha :D)

Schedule and Fee

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You can check the world’s largest floating book fair in Cebu for the month of May. MV Logos Hope will be docked at Malacañang sa Sugbu (Pier 1) near Fort San Pedro and Plaza Independencia, from May 6-28, 2015, with the following schedule:

Entrance fee is Php20/person. – FREE entrance for children below 13 years old and senior citizens 60 years and above. Note that children 14 yrs old and below must be accompanied by an adult and identification card might be required.

Onboard Events

  • Cultural Cafe* Learn about unique cultures and people, and enjoy snacks and an interactive cultural programme, meet crewmembers and hear their stories and experiences of travelling around the world.

  1. Europe: Sat 9 May 7-9pm
  2. Africa: Sun 10 May 7-9pm
  3. Americas: Sat 16 May 7-9pm
  4. Asia: Sat 23 May 7-9pm

  • Crew 4 a day: Thur 14 May – TICKETS SOLD OUT

*You can buy your tickets for onboard events (Cultural Cafe) on a first come first serve basis. No reservations.

Books Overload

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Each book is priced in units. 1 Unit = 1 PHP, so 25 units costs Php25, 100 units is Php100, and so on. 😉 The cheapest book costs 25 pesos, while I haven’t found any beyond Php700 (though I think the most pricey is at Php1000 – but not even that expensive for a really good book, right bookworms?). Also, from what I heard from the onboard announcements you can pay through cash in PHP, USD, and another currency- which I think is EURO (not sure with the last one). I don’t think they accept credit/debit cards so better bring some cash even if you’re just planning to “take a sneak” inside the world’s largest floating book fair. Really, it’s impossible to just “window shop” at MV Logos Hope, so bring some extra extra extra cash if you don’t want to regret going home without the good reads. How I wish I had a bigger budget for this!

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SAVINGS TIP: If you’re really planning to buy books, be sure to visit MV Logos Hope anytime today and get a copy of the Discount Flyer at the ship’s front desk. Present the flyer at the checkout counter to get 15% discount, valid until today only. Honestly, I just happened to get a copy of the flyer (I’m fond of getting flyers/brochures/freebies at any event! Hahaha) and wasn’t aware of the discount coupon until the guy at the checkout noticed I was holding one and said”Oh you have the discount coupon!”. Great deal, I paid Php465.50 instead of Php550 for the four items. (The rest were given as free literature. Just grabbed them all! LOL)

Parenting Collection by Dr. James Dobson (compiling his 3 best-sellers into one book) -Php300; Humble Bumbles Humble Heart, a book of virtues by Amy Meyer Allen (9 stories about life lessons rolled into an awesome animal illustration storybook) -Php100; Miles Kelly Little Press Rapunzel Story Time (a handy bedtime storybook with easy-to-read texts and clean graphics- pleasing to the eyes for both toddlers & preschooler and parents) -Php50; and Disney Princess Crayons 32 pieces –Php100.

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Zooey begged forever to have these crayons and we had a sort of conversation like this (in our dialect):

  • Zooey: Pleaseeee crayons mommy!
  • Me: Seriously, Zooey?! We just bought 2 brand new crayons the past two weeks and one set wasn’t even used yet! Plus, these seemed pricey, we can buy a similar one somewhere at a cheaper price.
  • Zooey: Mommy pleaseee. Crayons pleaseee!
  • Me: No, you already have a book. You have to choose between a book and these crayons.
  • Zooey: Book AND crayonssss. pleaseeee.
  • Me: Nope. I have a fun craft idea. We can just buy princess stickers instead and stick them to your crayons. Or print out similar labels.
  • Zooey: pleaseeeee crayonsssss pleaseeee
  • Me: That’s out of our budget. We can buy two books for you instead. That’s better than having those crayons which I AM SURE you and your little brother could easily break, even before starting your coloring activity!
  • Zooey: Pleaseeee mommyyyyy.. crayonssss pleasee please pleaseeee!
  • Me: Okay okay okay, promise me you’ll take care of that!

Then we proceeded to the checkout counter before she’ll make more requests. lol

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As much as I tried to convince her, it turned the other way around and I was the one convinced. That parenting moment when all your fancy words fall on deaf ears and your kid just responds with “please please please” in a soft persuasive way.. Hmmm well played, Zooey!

Actually, I gave in because 1) I can sense her love for all things crayons and princesses, 2) She wasn’t even crying nor whining nor demanding, she just consistently tried her best to be sweet, excited, and hopeful in saying her “pleaseeee” just to get my YES, 3) I have never seen a similar 32-piece Disney Princess crayons in such good quality ever, and 4) She will be more interested in coloring, which I hope will continue til she grows older.

Haaay, Zooey! Are you growing up to be a crayon collector or something?! LOL

Book Sections

MV Logos Hope carries over 5,000 titles in different categories. You can find piles and shelves for Children, Parenting, Family, Novel, Food, Business, Science, Medicine, Arts, Travel, Home, Crafts, Music, Religion, Fun Facts, and more. There were also sections for audio tracks and souvenir items.

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Obviously, Zooey was hooked on the Children sections.

She enjoyed checking every book and had a hard time deciding which one to take home. 😀

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Gallery, Kids Play Area, Cafe

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We didn’t notice we already spent almost 3 hours on board, and when we got out.. Wow it was already dark!

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Catch MV Logos Hope  – The World’s Largest Floating Book Fair in Cebu from May 6 – 28, 2015.

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Read and you will never be the same person again! 😉

Cheers to reading more books,

Mommy Rose

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27 Comments

  • Reply Joy Domingo Gurtiza

    I always want to visit the floating bookstore but I always miss it everytime it's in Manila. I'll definitely make time and make sure I won't miss it next time.

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Alarcon Alfonso Noel Ruth

    I was able to hop in the MV Logos maybe 4-5 years ago when they docked here in Manila. Their ice cream is the best! But super bilis lang ang tour inside the ship. 🙁

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Christy Ocariza

    OMG!! I love everything about it and because of that, I will be visiting the ship tomorrow! haha! 🙂 Thanks for the info! The pictures were really a help.

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Janine

    Trending gyud ning Logos Hope! Hehe. haven't been here pa gyud ay! This is the second time pa ba or no? Basta wa pako kasuway. Huhu. hope I can visit here sometime before its last day dire sa Cebu!

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Jhanis

    Weeee so excited na! We're going this weekend, hopefully d kaau huot. 🙂

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Rose Angelie

    Hi Mommy Jezz! We took the PUJ going to SM (12 G) via Pier 1, since we are from Tisa. Pwede raka mosakay any jeepney moagi sa Pier 1/Plaza Independecia (dghan mn jeep moagi didto). Naog raka plaza then walk nalang heading sa barko. 🙂 Sorry sa late reply but if you've been there na, feel free to share your experience! 😉

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply jezzme

    How did you get there Mommy Rose? Did you take a taxi or the public vehicle? The kids and I are wanting to go there. Hopefully we can go this weekend.

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply viajeracebuana

    Great photos! 🙂

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Kristina Villa

    I've always wanted to go to Logos but never had the chance to. Your post gave me something to look forward to and I'm excited to bring my kids the next time it comes to Manila.

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Rea

    That's the part na nawala nako. Haha! I only heard units, pesos, and dollars.. not sure with the rest 🙂

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Kiat Cebu

    Today will be my first time ever to visit this giant ship and this post is just so in time for my visit. This post is going to be my guide, haha. I'm so excited to there. Hope, I will have fun just like you do.

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Marie Angeli Laxa (Maan)

    Aaah I'm drooling over all those books! Please come to Davao, please please please!

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Emjae Fotos

    I have been to Logos Hope on their last visit and I will not miss this time too. Excited to be there soon once my chikiting is back in town from her vacation leave..hehehe 😀

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Emiliana Sison

    I do hope MV Logos will come to Manila soon!

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Maria Teresa Gregorio-Figuerres

    It must be exciting getting books from a Floating Book Fair! I wish we have something similar here in Metro Manila, so we could experience it, too.

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Rose Angelie

    You will really love it mommy Mecheel. 😀
    Sad to say, they're not heading sa CDO. Their next stop though is in Subic on June, and lastly in San Fernando La Union by July.

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Rose Angelie

    Oh I see, thanks for the info Rhea. Will update it! By the way, do you know what other currrency they're accepting?

    PS: Looking forward to your blog post.. 😉

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Hanna Frejoles

    this is like the 100th post about MV Logos i've read this week and I'm dying to go there! but I still have to wait for sweldo hahaha

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Michelle Martinez邱碧玉 (@xoxoMrsMartinez)

    I visited it once when the boat was in Manila but that was several years ago. I remember the line was super long. The collection was so huge, I almost got lost haha

    xoxo
    MrsMartinez

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Rea

    Went there yesterday! 🙂 I was on a book high, like an addict! Hahaha. My eyes just lit up in everything I saw. LOL. Can't wait to blog about my own experience too. Hehe. And yeah btw Rose, from what I've heard yesterday and the signs sa payment area, they actually accept VISA/Mastercards. 🙂

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply mumwrites (@vixquips)

    we are lucky to have visited MV Logos Hope when they docked at the Manila Harbor some years back. I was excited to find out they are going back this year but am not sure if we can visit again as they will dock at Subic this time around. my little also had a wonderful experience at the floating bookstore + we also managed to get a couple of books as well Logos Hope postcards!

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply caloyolano

    Reblogged this on Cebu Live! and commented:
    Time to buy books!

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Mecheel Casenas (Singlemommecheel)

    Oh my! I love everything in it… Will they have it here sa CdeO? Naibog ko!!!!!

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Rose Angelie

    Oh we didn't try the ice cream coz there was a long queue plus we haven't eaten dinner yet, almost 8pm na basin mapasmo! Hahaha Planning to return soon, this time I'll take my son. 😀 Motry nami sa ice cream jd ana! haha

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Lou Castañeda

    Aaaah I was there on the first day! Good thing you had your baby with you, I saw lots of children's section- so many kids everywhere. By the way, have you tried their ice cream ate? 'cause I haven't since their cafe's way too crowded. But though the experience was really good 🙂

    http://www.thewander-soul.blogspot.com

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Viva Kitchen Goddess

    Lucky! We always seem to miss MV Logos …

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Anne

    Another MV Logos post! Aaaah I missed it again considering I'm in Manila right now. Huhu. I hope next time maka-timing na dyud ko.

    June 26, 2015 at 8:09 am
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