Floating book fair to arrive in Cebu

The world’s largest book fair is coming to Cebu on January 10, 2012. MV Logos Hope is expecting more than 100,000 to step on board for its arrival.

The ship will arrive with more than 5,000 relevant book titles aboard at Malacañang Park, Cebu Port. This will mark Logos Hope's historic first visit to the Queen City of the South. Its sister ship, MV Doulos, has already visited Cebu in 2009.

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The ship is registered to the Port of the Scandinavian Faroe Islands. Its gross weight tonnage is 12,519 tons while its dead weight tonnage is 6,400 tons. It has a crew of around 400 members, including six Filipinos and a Cebuano, hailing from 45 countries across the world.

The members of the MV Logos ship crew voluntarily render their time and service to the book library.

The overall book carrying capacity of the library is around 1,100 cubic meters.

The vessel has book titles that you cannot see in most bookstores. There are books and video disc titles suitable for children and for adults.

It is worthy and enjoyable to be there with the entire family.

Logos Hope has books for recreational reading, professional preferences, and personality and individual development and books talking about global cultures.

Logos Hope also offers an educational program, feeding program, volunteer program and cultural program, training programs and many more. The ship has also several activities in line for visitors.

Apart from the book sale, Logos Hope also extends literary aid to people in developing countries. In the course of its service, it has donated textbooks ad reference volumes to individuals, schools, libraries, community groups, colleges, and universities.

The wide range of literature on board offers visitors many opportunities for personal development.

The crew and staff come from many different nations and cultures. Despite their differences, they seek to understand and respect one another, and work together to serve the people in ports the ship visits. As people meet and interact with those on board, they are inspired and given hope for restoration of relationships in their families and communities.

International crew members can share their life experiences in traveling around the world. The ship is fully airconditioned and you can actually have a good conversation with them at the cafe.

The official opening is on January 11 and will run until February 14. Tickets are available at the ticket booth for P20. Admission is free for kids aged five years below.

Cebu Sinulog Festival 2011 Schedule

Cebu Sinulog Festival 2011 Schedule of Activities:

January 06, 2011 (Thursday) – Sinulog 2011 Opening Salvo, Walk with Jesus
January 07, 2011 (Friday) – Sinulog Festival 2011 Kick-Off
January 08, 2011 (Saturday) – Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan
January 09, 2011 (Sunday) – Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan
January 12, 2011 (Wednesday) – Miss Cebu 2011 Coronation Night
January 13, 2011 (Thursday) – Sinulog Festival Queen Photo Shoot
January 14, 2011 (Friday) – Walk With Mary, Translacion, Cebu Pop Festival, Sinulog Festival Queen Competition
January 15, 2011 (Saturday) – Fluvial Procession, Solemn Foot Procession, 3rd Sinulog Pyrofest, Kasadya Nite Mardi Gras
January 16, 2011 (Sunday) – Sinulog Festival 2011 31st Grand Parade
January 17, 2011 (Monday) – Sinulog 2011 Awarding Ceremonies
January 21, 2011 (Friday) – Hubo

Sinulog 2011 crowd may hit 2 million

About two million people are expected to watch the Sinulog parade on January 16, prompting organizers to appeal for tight security from the police and private establishments.
With the festivities only a little over a week away, the estimated 9,000 rooms in the different hotels in the city are already booked, said Ricky Ballesteros, executive director of the Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI).
The 600 white tickets, the most expensive tickets to the grandstand of the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC), were also sold out two days after the SFI started selling these. The white ticket costs P600.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said he invited President Benigno Aquino III to the January 16 event, but the latter has not yet confirmed if he can make it.
The mayor also invited representatives from the City of Yeosu in Korea, one of Cebu City's sister-cities.
He asked the private sector to help government agencies and the Philippine National Police (PNP) ensure the safety of tourists, during the city's busiest tourism season.
"We have to invest in security and visibility will be highlighted. If the security guards of the establishments can man the area outside their building, then why not?" he said.
In last year's grand parade, a top police official estimated some eight million people turned up in the grandstand and along the parade route, to watch the 11-hour show.
In an interview last year, Ballesteros had said the CCSC was "getting too small for the Sinulog."
To improve access to accommodations, Ballesteros this year also urged the Department of Tourism to come up with a home-stay program for tourists.
Meanwhile, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said the Province is ready to extend financial assistance for the Sinulog.
"They only have to ask," she said.
from: yahoo ph