Doulos Hope returns to the Philippines

If you’re a self-proclaimed bibliophile, then you’ll be excited to hear that the Doulos Hope, floating library and book fair, has made a triumphant return to Philippine shores.

With a treasure trove of books filled with stories and knowledge, don’t miss out on embarking on this once-in-a-lifetime literary (and literary) experience.

The floating library’s grand comeback

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Image credit: Doulos Hope (The Philippines) via Facebook

The MV Doulos Hope is known to be the biggest floating library and book fair in the world. After having been on hiatus since February 2012 – their last visit to the Philippines – it was relaunched last May 2023 in Singapore.

Now, the beloved floating book fair is back, bringing with it a shipload of books from around the globe.

The Doulos Hope is part of the GBA Ships fleet, a non-profit organization based in Germany. Since the ’70s, their vessels have visited over 1,600 ports in 160 countries and territories. More than 50 million book lovers have given the floating library a visit over the years.

Ultimate literary experience

literary experience
Image credit: Doulos Hope via Facebook

Beyond the experience of going to a floating library and book fair, Doulos Hope offers a wide collection of literary pieces spanning various genres and languages. You get to dive deep into the world of literature and expand your horizons with enriching cross-cultural experiences.

As of this moment, the ship is docked at the Rivera North Wharf in Subic Bay until 3rd March 2024. If you’re not able to visit by then, you can still catch them at the following locations:
-San Fernando International Seaport in La Union from 7th-24th March
Manila from 28th March to 13th April
Batangas from 16th-28th April

You can book your tickets here. Make sure to keep a look out for ticket sales and details on the other locations.

A literary voyage

So if you want an unforgettable experience filled with stories, knowledge, and endless inspiration, don’t miss out on visiting Doulos Hope as it sails into Philippine waters.

It’s truly a literary journey like no other.

Admission fee: P50 (~USD0.89) per person | Free of charge for children aged 12 and under & seniors aged 60 and above
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 2pm-9pm (Closed Mondays)

Doulos Hope (The Philippines) Facebook

For more current affairs in the country, check out The Smart Local Philippines.

Cover image adapted from: Doulos Hope, Doulos Hope via Facebook




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