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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Last day in Manila of MV Doulos

UPDATE March 10, 2009: MV Doulos is back in Manila, from March 5 to 30, 2009. For more details, visit the official website of this floating vessel of knowledge.

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Modified from ClickTheCity.com with additional information from the MV Doulos official website.

Good news, MV Doulos - the world's largest floating book fair is now in Manila.

Doulos has visited Manila five times, and during its previous visit in January 2007 people were lining up for hours to have the opportunity to step on board.

Now the bad news: This is the last visit from the world's oldest ocean-going passenger ship still active to Manila.

Doulos has been crossing oceans and building bridges between nations for over 29 years to promote Knowledge, Help and Hope. Over 20 million visitors have come on board. During this visit Manila the one millionth visitor to Doulos this year stepped on board. One of Manila's citizens was the lucky person who stepped up the gangway as the 1,000,000th visitor and received a special welcome.

Books for less cost can be found at the world's largest floating book fair. On offer are over 6,000 titles of books covering a wide range of subjects, such as Science, Sports, Hobbies, Cookery, The Arts, Philosophy, Children's books, etc.

Doulos was originally built as the freighter Medina in 1914—just two years after the famous Titanic— and since then went through different phases of remodeling and employment up to the purchase by its present owner, GBA (Gute Bücher für Alle e.V). It is a non profit charity organization founded in Germany meaning "Good Books For All".

Doulos is more than just a ship - Doulos is about people. It is home for 350 people from over 50 different nationalities. They have left their countries for one or two years to be apart of a cultural exchange program, where they live, learn and work together. They are ordinary people living extraordinary lives. Everyone, from the Captain to the Doctor to the men scrubbing the deck, work as volunteers.

We're all invited to come on board and experience Doulos and her crew. Don't miss it, come visit.

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ClickTheCity.com lists the Port Information for the Doulos Visit to Manila as:
at the Manila South Harbour from Nov 30, 2007 to Dec 30,2007 10:00am to 9:00pm

HOWEVER

from the MVDoulos.org, the Port Information for the Doulos Visit to Manila is listed as:

Arrival Date: November 29th, 2007 - 00:00
Departure Date: December 26th, 2007 - 00:00
Opening Date: November 30th, 2007
Closing Date: December 23rd, 2007
Opening Hours: The book fair will be open to the public from November 30 to December 23, 2007. Tue – Sat 10am- 9pm, Sun - Mon 2pm – 9pm. (closed on Dec 10, only)

Sunday, December 23rd from 2-9pm is the last day of MV Doulos in the Philippines!

An entrance fee of 10 PHP is requested and children under 16 are free of charge, but need to be accompanied by parents or guardians.

Entry Fee: PHP 10 for adults
Port Notes: Ship Location:
Gate 1, South Harbor, Manila Pier 13 (Near Manila Hotel)

For more details, please call Doulos at (63926) 702-4342 or email: Doulos.manila@gbaships.org.

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