MV Logos Hope x Toribox x Holly’s Coffee

The MV Logos Hope


Last Tuesday, Nikko and I went to the MV Logos Hope, the world’s largest floating book fair docked at the South Harbor. The MV Logos Hope is a travelling book store and library that carries 5,000 books covering a wide range of topics from art, medicine, self-help, sports, travel, fiction, and many more.


The countries the MV Logos Hope has traveled to


It is run by 408 members from 45 different countries, all volunteering without pay to “bring knowledge, help and hope to the people of the world.” Eight of them are Filipinos. Aside from selling books (which are incredibly affordable), the ship aims to help communities around the world by providing aid and relief.

The ship has visited several regions, including countries in Northern Europe, the Caribbean, West Africa, the Mediterranean, the Arabian Peninsula, and South Asia.


The books
The selection wasn’t as staggering as I thought. I expected a whole shipload of books, but the selections only took half a deck and it was very small. But what was impressive was that they were dirt-cheap. If the fair had more fiction, I probably would have cleaned out the shelves, or at least my wallet. Art books can be bought for P200-P500, while three textbooks are sold for P500, with a free bag.

The ship is run by a Christian organization so there were a lot of Bibles, inspirational books and Christian music both playing in the intercom and being sold on the rack.


Essential Modern Art, P500
Gardening, P200
 Art Deco, P400

I got myself a copy of Essential Modern Art, a timeline of the best pieces with a brief background of the artist. It’s very informative and a must-have for a beginner. It has entries on Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Jackson Pollock, among many others. I also got a book on gardening, which I’m planning to use to build my very own garden.

For my birthday, Nikko got me a copy of Art Deco: The Golden Age of Graphic Art and Illustration, a history of the movement, which I admire for its flirty lines and the sexy use of shapes and colors.

The three books cost P1,100, a low price considering the Art Deco and modern art books are large and hardbound.



The International Cafe

After our extensive shopping (Nikko got around six books), we hung out for a bit at the International Cafe, which isn’t as impressive as it sounds. But it’s run by a friendly Russian and they had good products you can’t find here, like Fanta. The staff were all friendly, and I got to chat with a Chinese girl about my trip to Shanghai last summer.

The ship will be in the South Harbor until March 13, 2012. The South Harbor is located near Manila Hotel. It is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 10AM to 9.30PM and Sundays at 1PM to 9.30PM.

For dinner, we wanted to go to CBD at the Ayala Triangle, but the traffic caused by the INC prayer rally was so intense that we changed our mind. The trip going to the ship was just as bad and we wound our way throughout Manila, even going through Intramuros. There were so many people that it was hard to navigate around the city. We decided to have dinner instead at Toribox near DLSU. It’s a Japanese place that sells really good karaage pops for less than P100. The servings are also enormous so we enjoyed our meal.

For dessert we went to Holly’s Coffee, this upscale-looking coffee shop along Taft. The interiors are warm and cozy, and the staff were especially accommodating. The waffles were divine.

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