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Goodwill Bookstore Marks their 77th Anniversary with a Blast

Goodwill is celebrating its 77th Anniversary this 2015 with the Theme : Good Books, Good Service, Goodwill!

 In line with this, Goodwill will be having its own Book Fair dubbed as “Goodwill Bookstore’s Book A’Fair  in September”, from September 16 – 20, 2015, which will be held at the V Mall Activity Center, Greenhills, San Juan City.

 In support of this Bookfair, we will be having several highlighted  Events and one of them is the yearly Goodwill Bookstore Brain Buster Inter School Quiz Competition.

Now on its 6th year,  The 6th Goodwill Bookstore Quiz bee Competition will be held from September 16 – 19, 2015, simultaneous  with Goodwill Bookstore’s Book A’Fair in September, at The Jewellery,  2nd Level, Greenhills Shopping Center.

These Special events are featured to thank our valued clientele for patronizing Goodwill Bookstore and its affiliates : Katha Publishing Co. Inc., EDCA Publishing & Distributing Inc., Bridges Bookstore (building bridges of Goodwill), through the years.
Highlighting this Book Fair is the yearly Goodwill Bookstore Brain Buster Inter School Quiz Competition : An Academic Challenge. Now on its 6th year, this IQ contest is a competition between teams composed of High School (Grade 9 & Grade 10) students from both public and private schools. The contest will be composed of two rounds: the Qualifying and the Final Rounds, both of which are “Oral” phases that will involve buzzers.
The categories for each of the rounds shall be Science, Mathematics, History, Physical Education and Sports, Current Events , Language & Literature, Music and the Arts & General Information.

Qualifying or Elimination Rounds will be held live on stage, at the GTCI Events’ Place, – The Jewellry Place at Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City on the following days :
Sept. 16 (2 PM) 1st day – 1st Batch of Elimination
Sept. 17 (2 PM) 2nd day – 2nd Batch of Elimination
Sept. 18 (2 PM) 3rd day – 3rd Batch of Elimination

The Final Round shall be composed of two (2) phases, the Semi-Finals and the Grand Finals and will again be held live on stage at The Jewellry Place, at 10am on September 19, 2015. Major Prizes are at stake for the competing Schools & Students during the Grand Finals .

TOP 77 CUSTOMERS TO BE HONORED AT GOODWILL BOOKSTORE BOOK A’FAIR
Another highlight of Goodwill Bookstore’s 77th Anniversary is the awarding of the Top 77 Customers of the Company based on their last 5 yeas’ Average Sales. They are composed of Educational Institutions – Schools, Universities, Bookstores & other Trading Companies.
Awarding of the Top Customers will take place simultaneously during the 5 Day Goodwill Bookstore Book A’Fair in September.

CHILDREN’S BOOK LAUNCH ALSO SLATED & MANY MORE!
Also slated is a Children’s Book Launch, featuring “Ang Batang Gustong Maging Puppet”, written by Mr. Wan Lu, the Great Filipino Puppeteer.
Other surprises will be featured by our very own Children’s Authors like Ahwel Paz & Bimbo Papasin of ABS CBN Kapamilya Network. All these are spearheaded by Katha Publishing Co. Inc., the publishing arm of Goodwill Bookstore.
Come One! Come All!
Celebrate Goodwill Bookstore’s 77th Anniversary offering – witness & participate in Goodwill Bookstore’s Book A’Fair in September and enjoy all these innovative product demos & exhibits, games galore & raffle prizes!

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Before There’s A We, There’s ” ME” by Ms. Ilsa B. Reyes

SMX Convention Center, Pasay City – Philippines

Before There’s A ” WE” There’s ” Me” book

It was last September 21, 2014 –  We are doing our last minute shopping at the 35th Manila International Book Fair  . We met Ms.Maria Rona Beltran , a fellow blogger friend at the expo site. She quickly introduced us to her friend at the booth of Saint Paul Bookstore .

Ms. Ilsa B. Reyes

I remember that we would always buy inspirational books and novena pamphlets. Ms. Ilsa B. Reyes  co-hosts  a program called Salitang Buhay over DZMM Teleradyo 630 khz a.m. ( Television Radion ) station, channel 26 Skycable, Sundays, 9:00-10:00 PM with Fr. Bel San Luis, SVD and Fr. Jerome Marquez, SVD, and is facilitator of the ARISE Integrative-transformative seminar-workshops. She also  has a Christian CD called The Treasure.

She is also a full- time church worker called inner healing , intercession . Aside from her current book. She wrote Affirmation and Healing Treasures, Inner Child Treasures , Healing through Mary’s Embrace , Healing through Our Eucharistic Lord and Healing through the Sacrament of Reconciliation (2012 Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards Best Book Ministry Category) .

Ms. Maria Rona Beltran together with Ms. Ilsa B. Reyes

Saint Paul bookstore had a promo during the fair  which they gave a 10% percent   to 50% discount to their books.  This book  was originally priced at Php 100  but was sold for just Php 90.00 during the duration of the fair.

It was published this year ( 2014 ) and it is an ideal handbook for all walks of life. It is very practical  and the book is not very bulky it can easily fit inside a hand/ pouch bag  . The book is well-written and easy to understand . It is divided into 10 chapters , like  Self-Love Isn’t Being Selfish  , Allowing God to Love Me, Self Love moments , A Firm Sense of Worth and Identity , Do we Like , Love and Forgive Ourselves? , Giving Love to Others.

Bible quotes come in very handy in every chapter . One can read the book everyday, whether in school, office, travel or as a perfect gift to someone this Christmas . With just 107 pages. One can easily finish this in just one sitting.

For Orders and Inquiries , Please try to visit the site :

Website: http://www.stpauls.ph/

Men are from Q.C. Women Are from Alabang book launching with Mr. Stanley Chi

National Bookstore, EDSA Shangri-La branch , Madaluyong City -Philippines

Mr. Ross Del Rosario together with Mr. Stanley Chi

Book Launching Program

We took a short jeepney ride from Ortigas Library to EDSA Shangrila and arrived shortly after 2:00PM.

We were given an opportunity to witness the book launching and autograph signing of the well known –Filipino -Chinese stand-up comedian, TV/ Event host, commercial endorser ,  illustrator and book author. He is the co-host of TV5’s Front Act. Best known for his Manila Bulletin-based comic-strip, “Chopsticks.” Chi has gained an underground cult following because of his unique comedic chops. He was a semi-finalist on the radio reality show, LOL (Laugh Out Loud) sponsored by AM station DZMM

Mr. Stanley Chi is also known for his humor and as Mr. Suplado. He personally greeted all the people , customers, staffs and passers-by at his book launching. I have met him on several occasions from Comic Convention , Toy Convention, Book Fairs .

 His newest book : Men are from QC, Women are from Alabang, your guide to understanding THE OPPOSITE SEX

Mr. Chis’  no nonsense guide and collection of hilarious wisdom about our culture, society, humor , pick-up lines and quotable- quotes are the latest of his over a half a dozen known book titles tucked  to his wealth of knowledge in our Filipino Pop Culture.

The book is available in all National Bookstore branches nationwide for only P175 just like the price of your  favorite snacks !!!!!! During the grand book launch, All customers at NBS EDSA- Shangrila that have bought Mr. Stanley Chi were given a raffle stub .

Mr. Chris Lina

Mr. Chris Lina started the program by performing a few tricks

Ms. China Roces and Mr. Justin Pinon demonstrated some Mind Reading Tricks 

Mr. Justin Pinon is known as Magic Bagsik, Mentalist, Mental Assassin for a number of reasons, His ability to read someone’s mind is amazing. He had some regular television shows at  Kapatid TV channel 5.

Street Beauties- Ms. Julia Varga, Ms. Eva Ayala and Ms.  China Roces  add some spice to the event by participating in some games and banana eating contest together with some male participants randomly picked from the audience .

Street Beauties : https://www.facebook.com/StreetBeauties

Unisilver watch

Mr. Giancarlo DG Guevarra ( R& D and Marketing ) together with Mr. Stanley Chi

UniSilver raffled -off some unique items during the short program, limited edition mugs, gift certificate and planner.

Unisilver: http://www.unisilver.net/jewelry/home.php

L-R Papa Dan of Barangay 97.1 LS  FM , host and book author , Ms. Joyce Ching ( actress and commercial endorser -GMA Kapuso channel 7) unidentified  male  winner of the raffle and Mr. Stanley Chi

RoyQueen  also raffled-off  an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean which is worth Php 9,990.00

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RoyqueenAndroidTablets

Papa Dan of Barangay  91. 1 LS FM

Papa Dan also had his book entitled ” Single but never Alone” also available in all National Bookstore .

long line of eager  book lovers and fans

Note: I also purchase a book during the launching with the intention of giving them away this Christmas .  I earn a raffle stub and won 3 more Mr. Stanley Chi’s books – Suplado , Suplado 2 and Pogi Points. Yippe !!

Plus I think i left 2 more Suplado books at the Psicom office  which i bought  a day before the book launching  ( for autograph)  at the Manila International Book Fair some 2 years ago….  So to my book lover friends , Don’t you worry !!!!  I will just pick them at the Psicom office.

Thanks to Mr. Stanley Chi, Wazzup Pilipinas ,  Psicom Publishing and National Bookstore !!!!

Psicom Publishing: http://www.psicompublishing.com/zen/

Stanley Chi : http://www.stanleychi.net/

Mr. Mario Feir Filipinana Books and other collections

Unit 11-A One McKinley Place , 26th Street Crescent Park West
Fort Bonifacio Global city , Taguig City -Philippines

Mr. Mario Feir together with his collection of Philippine books

I have known Mr. Mario Feir as a stamp collector ( philatelist ) rather than a book collector . We would occasionally bumped with each other during stamp club meetings , Bayanihan Collectors’ Club meetings once in a while . I would also notice had he would also bid for old books and postcards too!

an array of doll collection from different Asian countries like Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam from his trips abroad

Until one of our postal heritage tour participant,  an employee of NCCA told me that Mr. Feir and Mr. Stephen Feldman ( His best friend and also  an avid book collector)  had an extensive collection of Philippine books ( Filipinana)- The term is used by book collectors who specializes in Philippine published books. Normally the quantity of Philippine publication is not that big . While some local published books are meant for students ( mostly textbooks ) which are printed in recycled papers  meant to cater the students and masses.

part of his book collection  and a painting

Bibliophile ( technical term for book lover and collector) , Mr. Feir left New York about eight- years ago to return to the Philippines for good . He brought with him his growing Filipiniana collection, which, after settling into his Fort Bonifacio condominium unit , He decided to opened to students, researchers, collectors, readers. The library also includes ephemera like old postcards, posters, stamps, antique maps and prints, all of which Mr. Feir was kind enough to show to me during my visit. His book collection is about 10,000 volumes and still counting !

Rizaliana collection

The library had a good collection of Jose Rizal title books – aptly called Rizaliana ( Dr. Jose Rizal his life story and works ),  locally published literary works like Noli Me Tangere , El Filibusterismo among others.

old Philippine map

Mr. Mario had quite a good collection of Philippine maps and prints –Cartography Greek term khartes = papyrus (paper) and graphein = to write) The Yuchengco Museum in Makati would also invite him to their exhibit sometime last year . ( Old Philippine maps)

Fort William Mckinley postcards ( during the American regime ) now Bonifacio Global City

Mr. Mario Feir shows off his collection of rare stamps on covers

Collection :

Sir Mario Feir is an avid stamp collector, He started collecting stamps when he was still in his elementary days and still collecting Philippine and various stamps from all over the world. It is safe to assume that he had been a collector of stamps for more than 50 years !

 Spanish -Philippines stamps which dates back to 1854

He had some Spanish -Philippines stamp issued  in 1854.  For serious Philippine stamp collectors ( Spanish era stamps) are considered creme’ dela creme .

certificate of authenticity

With a certificate of authenticity from Comision de Expertos de Madrid this is a private group which are the experts in stamps issued by Spain and her colonies.  He also had a special de-humidifier devise installed in the air-conditioning units just to maintain the collection.

old document with beautiful  hand writing during the Aguinaldo revolutionary period

Feature:

He was also featured in one of Tulay fortnightly digest about 3 years ago , several bloggers , bibliophile , newspapers like Philippine Star ,  and glossy magazines  featured him on several occasions.

Visitors:

Mr. Mario Feir library  have it share of  visitors from various schools , universities , associations , book lovers, heritage advocates, history buff s ,  well-known personalities like Mrs. Imelda R. Marcos , Mr. Butch Dalisay ,  Chef Claude Tayag , NCCA employees, Malacanan Palace-Media communication staffs, stamp collectors among others.   Due to lack of space , He cannot accommodate  big group of people to his condominium unit. On a monthly basis , The library would get 15 to 20 visitors on an average .

Mr. Mario Feir and the author

Anyone who wanted to make research, study or just some time to chat with Mr. Mario Feir must make an apportionment .   Soft-spoken and warm, His eyes brightened up as he proudly showed me his Filipiniana collection and other stuffs  like  various DVD’s movies which numbered a few thousand of pieces, newspaper clippings  ,several art works and a balcony  garden  .  It seems that time flies so fast that it was almost sundown . I told Tito Mario and Sir Stephen  that i will be coming back for more in-depth research and perhaps a quick chit-chat probably in the near future .  Might tag along some fellow history and heritage buffs .  I must commend these people for sharing  their  time ,  home and their extensive knowledge about culture, history, heritage and art !

Contact Information 

Unit 11-A One McKinley Place
26th Street Crescent Park West
Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City- Philippines

Phone: (02)856-0957
Please try to call during office hours, Monday-Friday

Website: http://www.asianrarebooks.net/

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/mariofeir.filipinianalibrary

De La Salle University opens exhibit by Architect Wili Fernandez

The Museum, 2nd Level, Don Enrique Yuchengco Hall, De La Salle University , 2401 Taft Avenue, Manila- Philippines

Don Enrique Yuchengco Building

The Museum at De La Salle University in cooperation with the family, friends, relatives , industry practitioners, educators and the president of De La Salle University opened the exhibit entitled ” Art and Space” : A Collection of Design Concepts by Architect Wili Fernandez . The event was opened yesterday April 22, 2013 .

The Museum

This is the first major exhibit for the Academic Year 2013 to 2014 and it pays homage to its donor on the occasion of his 15th death anniversary .

group picture with immediate family members , Mrs. Mila Serrano Genuino- Drilon ,   Architect Philip H. Recto and Ms. Rizaliana D. Buncab- museum curator

Family :  Architect Wili Fernandez is the husband of Ms. Doreen Gamboa -Fernandez a well-known Philippine culture, creative writing, and communication arts personality .

collection of coffee table books from different artists like Anita Magsaysay-Ho , Juvenal Sanso , Ang KiuKok ,  with their autographs

Ms. Doreen is also a respected academician, writer, and researcher  in her ivory tower. Despite her privileged lineage and affluent lifestyle, she was a conscientious worker, not allowing her failing health to disrupt the normalcy of her life. She was one of the founders of the Worldwide People Power Foundation, the forerunner of today’s Eggie Apostol Foundation.

a hand written letter and postally used  envelope dated July 19 , 1962  of General Carlos P. Romulo to Mr. Wili Fernandez

A passionate lover of jazz and Gershwin, Ms. Doreen met her interior designer and architect husband Wili Fernandez at a jazz joint called Café Indonesia in the 1950s and married him in 1958. ( Architect Wili would pass away in 1998).

a detailed  of ABS-CBN channel 2 artist sketch- executive lounge  ( interior design ) circa 1967

artist sketch of  ABS-CBN channel 2 – office of the general manager circa 1967

artist sketch of  ABS-CBN channel 2 -main lobby circa 1967

artist sketch of ABS-CBN channel 2 – staff lounge circa 1967

Alemar’s Bookstore  ( proposed new facade )

Ateneo de Manila University ( proposed  communications center complex)

Memorabilias: Architect Wili works includes drawings and renderings in black in white and in full color, the collection comes from his personal collection and his former office, the Wili Fernandez and Associates Incorporated.

proposed outdoor  beer garden – Plaza Amusement Company , Incorporated

Some of his memorabilia like design books, sketches, awards, pictures, letters and other personal items .

Ambassador Hotel in Penang , Malaysia

Emerald Condominium Complex perspective , Bangkok -Thailand 

Philippine Center in New York

World Class : Mr. Wili Fernandez was an acclaimed world-class interior designer . He is one of the original founding members of the Philippine Institute of Interior Design.  He also had several commission interior designs project with the former first lady Mrs. Imelda R. Marcos.

Architect Wili sketches

Mr. Stephen John Pamorada ( HCS-Youth member ) Ms. Myrna Roman ( writer/ blogger and publisher ) and Architect  Agusto ” Toti ” Villalon ( columnist, heritage advocate, architect )

For more information about the exhibit, please try to contact : The Museum (+632)526-1402 , ( +632) 524-4611 local 368 or visit the website: http://themuseum.dlsu.edu.ph/

Museum Hours:

On-site parking is subject to availability. Viewing hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 nn on Saturdays.

Guided tour may be provided depending on the availability of the curator and docents. To arrange for a guided tour, please call 524-4611 local 368 and look for Ms. May Viaje.

The Museum welcomes groups. Guided tour will be conducted for a minimum group size of 10 and a maximum of 80 persons on a first-come-first-served basis. Reservation must be made by phone and personal visit of the coordinator of the group at least two weeks in advance to fill up the booking form and discuss with him/her the guidelines. We advise that the coordinator of the group will also buy tickets during his/her visit.

Guideline for Visitors

  • Surrender to the guard at the entrance counter bags, umbrellas, and large packages. Bring in only your valuables. You may bring in pencil and paper if necessary. Pens are not allowed inside the galleries.
  • Please observe silence at all times.
  • Eating and drinking, including chewing of gum, are not allowed inside the museum.
  • Refrain from touching the artworks, walls, and glass panels.
  • Photography and electronic recording of any kind are not permitted anywhere in the galleries.
  • The use of mobile phone is not allowed.
  • If visiting in groups, please do not crowd around an artwork. Keep a moderate amount of distance while viewing the works.
  • Only a maximum of 80 persons are allowed inside The Museum at any time. You may only be allowed to enter only when some of the audience have taken leave of the premises. Kindly wait for your turn.
  • Should any of the museum guards call your attention, kindly follow the instruction.

Note:  All photos were taken by the author, for those who wish to use the photos for any purposes please kindly link this site.

I would like to ” Thanks” Ms. Lalyn Buncab , Office for Strategic Communications  PR Coordinator Ms. Marge Liggayu , Mr. Arvin  Ello , Mr.  Stephen Pamorada for the accommodation.

Escolta Saturday market attracts buyers

First United Building , Escolta street , Santa Cruz, Manila-Philippines

Escolta street early in the 20th century

After several weeks and months of planning and conceptualizing , The big day had arrived.   A guided tour organized by Heritage Conservation Society  , Escolta Commercial Association ( ECA) and various concerned citizens to promote the area  and aimed to revitalized the former glory and splendor of Manila’s premier business district . Heritage Conservation Society Youth  organized a tour at around past 9:00am to  past 12:00 noon  a tour dubbed as  “Escoltara!” to explore the district and get to know its many Art Deco buildings and immense on the rich history of the place.

old magazines, books are on sale

a dealer together with an interested buyer examining an item for sale

The venue was of the Saturday market is the bare-walled space in the ground floor of the First United Building . The  dealers /sellers  area was set up with mats and tables .

stylist office chairs

There are about 30 dealers/ sellers  offering a wide range of items such as old cameras, postcards, old photos, fashion accessories , toys, vinyl records , books, clothes, art pieces  to  old chairs , furniture and even old soda bottles.

Ms. Gemma Cruz-Araneta also  bought some old postcards of Manila ( circa 1960’s) . The postcards were being sold from Php 200 each to Php 500 each depending on the date of issuance.

a volunteer of 98-B gallery selling T-shirts, customized mugs with escolta designs and umbrella

  a dealer holding vinyl record ( mint condition )

In history, Escolta had a lot of firsts: first ice cream parlor, first cinema, first elevator, first escalator   . The younger generation must appreciate the value of the place . Some of them prefer to go to malls or elsewhere.

The Masonic temple building( PNB) and Escolta  before the onset of the second world war as photographed from Santa Cruz Bridge

Photographer: Harrison Forman 1904-1978

This image is from the American Geographical Society Library of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee USA collections

I would also add to the long list of first, When Far Eastern University was founded by Dr. Nicanor Reyes Sr. in 1928 ( Institute of Accounts Business and Finance ) The institute  rented a space in the former masonic temple within the Escolta street. The review center would eventually moved to Avenida then eventually to its present location .

Old Fajaro Building ( second building occupied by then Institute of Accountancy ) scanned copy from the personal collection of the author

El Hogar building from an old postcard collection: Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club

El Hogar  is a beaux-arts building, designed by architect Senior  Ramon ( may also be spelled Ramond ) de Yrureta-Goyena ( may also be spelled Irrureta-Goyena)   and set by the Pasig River on Muelle dela Industria street in Binondo, was built as a wedding gift for the union of a Zobel daughter and a Peruvian count back in 1914. It housed the offices of the lending company El Hogar Filipino (hence derived the name) and the original headquarters of Ayala Life Insurance Company. After World War II, the building found itself in the hands of the Fernandez clan who still run the building till this day.

present day El Hogar building 

 Darling of Movie and Television

The building and its offices spaces is a favorite shooting place for television commercials , movies and architectural photo-shoots . Some people would refer the building as ” Studio Three ” . The building and its premises  has now become the darling of Manila’s TV and film production design world. Aside from being used as the backdrop for Globe and McDonald’s commercials, it’s also used as the setting for the music videos of indie groups Bamboo (“Hallelujah”), Cueshe (“Stay”), Sarah Geronimo’s remake of Foreigner’s “I Wanna Know What Love Is”.  It was even used in the opening scenes of  Mr. Peque Gallaga’s recently premiered “Pinoy Blonde”.  Another recent shoot  was the MTV ” Pusong Bato ” of Mr. Jovit Baldivino  . Filipino directors love to shoot the building in different angles,  The place and building can be stimulated to look like those found in  Paris, New York , London or even Madrid.

However the tangled electricity wires and telephone lines makes it difficult for photographers to take pictures. The broken windows of the building adds to the charm .

used soft drink bottles for sale

Space rental  cost P500 for the entire day , However sellers had to bring in their tables and chairs. The same space had been Berg’s Department Store, one of the major stores in Escolta in the 1940s. The concept of holding a Saturday market was inspired by this department store.

Heritage Conservation Society  and Escolta Commercial Association members souvenir shot in front of the First United Building

While the Escolta Saturday Market ( frequency once a week ) can be  similar to Salcedo Sunday MarketEaton Centris ( Sidcor) Sunday Market or  collecting clubs which have a monthly event where members and non-members hold their bourse/swap meeting. The Escolta market  will target the collectors and lovers of art.  The next event is slated on April 27, 2013 . The organizers wanted to have it on a weekly basis activity in the near future.

Note:  parking space is limited within the Escolta area.

M.V. Logos Hope : bringing knowledge , help and hope

Pier 15- South Port Area, Manila- Philippines


M.V. Logos Hope dock at pier 15, South Port Area, Manila

Personal Experience

The Philippines is one of the favorite stop-over of then M.V. Doulos ,  which has visited Manila seven times since 1988, Until the ship was force to retire due to high maintenance cost . As a child , my parents would accompany me before whenever the M.V. Doulos visit the port of Manila.

steamer of the event  beside the Manila City hall

We would buy a lot of foreign books such as fairy tales, natural history , inspirational books and even cook books most of which are not available in the local market . It also started my book collecting spree at a tender young age.  I can remember that i  was given a hand me down colored -picture guide books by my cousins and aunts when i was few years -old. Although most of my first books are hand me down i always give premium care , treating them with out most respect .   A lot of them are still around in our mini-library at home.  In-fact , i would become a DE-facto  librarian whenever neighbors and playmates would often borrow our books for research and reference.

customers from all walks of life cue to see the latest books

Book Borrowers

I would still clearly remember up to this day, When my second year high school teacher ( Mrs J. )  borrowed 2 books and was never returned ( allegedly lost or was it deliberately lost ? ) Since those books cannot be replaced ( out of stock in the local market) HUH ! .  Another incident was a ( friend ? )  from a school bus service who borrowed my textbook  ( biology book ) when i was in third year high school, Since she will be using the book for her biology subject .  The textbook was returned  back  2- years later after relentless begging from her. The textbook was held like a hostage !  I had to keep on calling everyone else in her family , circle of friends and even teachers. To think that we had no relationship what so ever ! Hehehe

I would also remember in college days when a group of so called  ” friends” or just “friends for convenience ”  it was a term that our group would coined for those people who would normally became your instant friend the moment they needed something from you . They borrowed a book about Philippine orchids for their  feasibility studies / thesis writing only to found-out that parts of the book had pencil writings  and a lot of dog ears on the pages. Although some of them get a grade of flat 1 ( which means a grade equivalent to 97 above) and I was acknowledge in their thesis ,  I would prefer being anonymous .    Since then, I would  not allow strangers and even friends ( unless very close ones) to borrow our books to be brought into their homes. It seems that i have met a lot of lousy people who do not know how to appreciate and take good care of  books that they do not even own ! TSK TSK TSK .

M.V. Logos Hope in Manila

MV Logos Hope is the newest vessel in the GBA Ships fleet. She carries the world’s largest floating book fair and  visit Manila, Cebu and Subic  on her maiden voyage around the world. This newer and larger ship features a greater space for visitors and more comfortable browsing in the air conditioned book fair , restaurant and café area.

Activity area where children accompanied by their parents or relatives can spend their time playing with educational toys

There is also an activity center where children can play , an audio visual presentation and a room for counseling.


A counselor discussing the HIV scenario and public awareness on the issues.

Ms. Emily Tan from Singapore

Ms. Emily Tan is a certified book lover and collector , She is one of the 460 plus crew of the M.V. Logos Hope. Ms. Tan  is 22 years -old and graduate of Psychology . Her parents came from Indonesia ( Indonesian- Chinese ) before they settled in Singapore.  Her passion for books and travel led her to apply  for a crew position  when M. V. Logos Hope had open their application .  She had worked as a  volunteered in this ship for about  1 month.   I also saw a group of students from Polytechnic University of the Philippines interviewing her , which she graciously obliged .

greetings from the visitors are posted in the ship’s bulletin board