SUBIC BAY FREEPORT - The world’s largest floating bookstore is now docked at the Riviera Wharf in this free port, offering more than 5,000 books from different countries and cultures all over the world for a fraction of their original cover price.
MV Logos Hope opened its doors for public viewing here on Tuesday with Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Roberto Garcia, Zambales Vice-Governor Ramon Lacbain II, Central Luzon Tourism Director Ramon Tiotuico, and Captain James Dyer cutting the ceremonial ribbon.
“After more than two years, we welcome again Logos Hope back to our port with full support for their on-going mission of enlightenment, unity and world peace,” Garcia said during the opening program.
He also asked Dyer and the members of the ship’s crew to take time to visit various attractions in the Subic Bay Freeport and the nearby communities “as a way of enlightening yourself about our corner of the world here.”
Logos HR director Andy Juliet, meanwhile, explained how the ship’s program works. “A ship full of people with different nationalities and cultural differences is a recipe for disaster, but here at Logos Hope faith in God is what brings us on-board to work together in perfect harmony. It powers our engines safely to help the world,” he added.
Logos volunteers have also lined up events for local residents. On June 12, they will have an International Crew Night at the Harbor Point Mall here to highlight the variety of cultures from all over the globe that they represent.
This will be followed by a Fun Night Cafe on June 21 and June 28, which will present interesting board games from cultures across the seas.
Meanwhile, local artists were also encouraged to join a painting contest on the themes, “What is Hope?” or “Logos Hope and the Philippines”, which ended last May 30.
The winner will be presented at the International Night on June 12 and the painting will be displayed at the Logos Hope International Cafe.
As the main attraction of Logos Hope, the books being sold at affordable prices cover various topics ranging from science to cooking and cultures, to hobbies and sports, among others.
Visitors can also enjoy a wide range of desserts and pastries, and other gastronomic pleasures at the ship’s International Cafe.
Logos Hope will stay at the Subic Bay Freeport for four weeks. (30)
SBMA Chairman Roberto V. Garcia (center), flanked by wife Maribi and Zambales Vice Gov. Ramon Lacbain II, Central Luzon Tourism Director Ramon Tiotuico (right) and Logos Hope HR director Andy Juliet, cut the ceremonial ribbon as ship captain James Dyer looks on during a ceremony to formally open the floating bookstore to the public on Tuesday.