The MV Doulos is the world’s oldest active ocean-faring passenger ship since 1914. She is now owned by the German charity Gute Bücher für Alle (Good Books for All), and is used as a floating bookshop. We are privileged to welcome her back to Manila shores; she is parked in South Harbor Manila Pier 13 (at the back of Manila hotel) from Jan. 5 to 22, 2007. It was named “Doulos” in 1977 and it is a Greek word for “servant”. All the international crew – from the captain to the cooks – serve as volunteers. The opening hours are 10am-10pm Tuesday-Saturday, and 2pm-10pm on Sunday and Monday. (Official Website of Doulos)

It was an interesting ship which have a huge collection of Children’s books, Christian life books and music, Healthy Cook Books and General Health/ Well-being. Most of the books came from UK as I was told by the interesting crew. The pricing of the goods are in international units. Fortunately, the conversion of 100 units is an easy conversion to 100 pesos. My wife find the books expensive relatively but they are unique which justifies the premium. If you are into Christian Songs, I saw an extensive collection of Hill songs and other Christian artist.

You should visit Doulos to check out the books, or get an experience to board one of the world’s oldest ocean-going passenger ship. Once you are onboard, interact with the interesting Christian international crew. Let me give you a sneak peak at the M/V Doulos, the floating bookstore….

P10 Entrance Fee is quite cheap. This is a good place to bring your kids too.

This is an open air bookstore. I find it kinda hot inside despite the fans and the winds don’t pass through. Some find the smell of the Doulos disgusting but I was not offended by its smell.

Extensive collection of Health books.

500 units for each Christian CD

Health and Vegetarian Cook Books at 400 units.

A view of the checkout counter with an international and even young crew.

A coffee and ice cream stall that sells ice cream for P30. Nothing special.

This is the only book I purchased. My wife was not impressed with the book collection.

There is a bargain books place but still we were not able to buy anything.

M/V Doulos – The World’s Oldest Ocean-Going Passenger Ship
Manila: 5th – 22nd January 2007
Gate 1, South Harbor, Manila Pier 13 (near by Manila hotel)

Floating Bookshop
Open Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-10pm
Sunday & Monday: 2pm-10pm

Bacolod: 20th December 2006 to 1st January 2007
Cebu: 26th January – 19th February 2007
Batangas: 22nd February – 5th March 2007

Take Roxas Boulevard, and turn left after Manila Hotel to Eva Macapagal Super Terminal, South Harbor. It is that easy.

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