Manila South Harbor
11 March 2009
After a short visit at the Quiapo Church, sister and I headed to the Manila South Harbor to visit MV Doulos. Although this was a "spur of the moment" thing, my sister and I have already wanted to visit ship since I found out it was here in the Philippines.
Taken from Wikipedia, "The MV Doulos was the world's oldest active ocean-faring passenger ship. She is now owned by Mr. Eric Saw, Director and Chief Executive of BizNaz Resources International Pte Ltd in Singapore. She was previously owned by the German charity Gute Bücher für Alle (English: Good Books for All), and was used as a floating bookshop. The ship has previously been known as the SS Medina, the SS Roma, and the MV Franca C. The Doulos Ministry ended at the end of 2009 in Singapore, with the ship being handed over to its new owners on March 18th 2010."
The first time I saw the ship in person was back in December of 2007. I was uploading pictures from that visit in one of my sites when I ran a search about the ship, and learned through its website that it was currently in the Philippines for the last time. Like what was written above, the MV Doulos was recently turned over to its new owner, and 2009 was its last sailing year. I didn't want to miss out the chance to see her again, so when my sister came home from her internship, we planned to visit the ship.
Some pictures I took:
My ticket. Entering the ship only cost me 10 pesos (0.20USD).
From the Deck, overlooking the Manila Cityscape.
MV Doulos was actually a floating bookstore, and all sales were given to charity all over the world. The crew of the ship were also volunteers from different nations, giving an affirmation that regardless of who and what people are, we can be united.
Books, tumblers, and mugs. People can browse to different books before they make their choice what to get.
Different Selections. Books in this store has a wide selection - from self help, medical, children, to cookbooks. There were also books about different novels, crafts, religion, and home. Not only that, there were also CDs and other MV Doulos merchandize such as postcards, key chains, mugs, pens, and ID lace.
A Time to Read. Since books don't have plastic covering, people can enjoy a time to read the books as well.
I wasn't able to see a book scrapbooking and / or photography, so I got myself a envirobag, key chain, pen, and some postcards. My sister got herself a bag as well. Towards the exit of the store, people can still say inside the ship and enjoy a breathe of air. Of course, my sister and I didn't leave right away, we still took pictures.
My sister. Just trying to get a feeling of being a ship crew.
Fill 'er Up. While the ship was on dock, it was given a much needed fuel refil.
The Philippine Flag. Waving proudly. I just love being a Filipino, and I love that the ship docked in our shores before it was turned over to new owners.
With a Staff from Mongolia. As my sister and I exit the ship, we asked this staff if we could have some pictures with her. She asked us if we were able to see the different rooms in the ship other than the book store, and we said we weren't able to. Turns out, staffs were allowed to tour guests in different parts of the ship, but sadly she just started her shift, and we were just told that if we are to come back, we can look for her so she could tour us.
Our visit was indeed great. It was my sister's first time to see the ship, and it was a nice to share the moment with her. Parting shot:
It was already dusk when we left, and as we take a look back, we were amazed at the splendid look of the heavens. I guess the heaven was smiling because charity and giving were at work.
*** Jenn ***