Sunday, July 12, 2015

MV Logos Hope La Union 2015

"One of the well loved ship had arrived in the city for the second time around"
For the past few months, I have been reading in the internet that the largest floating book fair was coming to the city again after two years. 
Well, I promised myself to visit it again and make another sketch of it.

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-my pagnapagna-

It was July 12, 2015, a Sunday when we went to Poro Point Pier area. It was raining and it would be very hard to do an outdoor sketch just under an umbrella.
We were lucky, there was an unmanned outpost (a small shed or a shack) along the seawall overlooking the pier and to the MV Logos Hope.
There, we took shelter and did my sketch of the ship.

The shack along the seawall with the MV Logos Hope at the distance.

From where we were, we can see people lined up to get inside the ship.
I continued my sketch even when heavy rains poured and strong winds blew.
Finally, I was done with my sketch and we left for our intimate encounter with MV Logos Hope. 

My sketch of the MV Logos Hope

After paying 20 pesos each as entrance free, we boarded the ship and went inside.

An audio-visual/viewing area greeted us, we sat down and watched a video about the ship. 
A crew also acquainted us (together with all the many visitors) about the ship's areas. 
Walked further and we found ourselves in the book area. There were many shelves of book inside and they were classified accordingly.
Lots of people were taking their photographs in a section where there were large poster-artworks as a backdrops.
There was also an entertainment going on at one of the sections. They were doing some dance activity for the young ones and young at hearts.
Into the cafeteria, we saw many were enjoying their ice cream. We could have bought one but the area was crowding up, maybe because of the heavy rain outside.
There were other areas of the book fair where we have missed or skipped but just to have seen the ship itself that comes only a few times was worth the "pagnapagna" at the pier of San Fernando City, La Union.
I understand that the ship was not only a floating book fair but to its family of many volunteers and crews, they would aptly call it their voyaging Home Sweet Home.

-end of pagnapagna-

MV Logos Hope at Poro Point, San Fernando City, La Union is open from July 9 until 21, 2015
Tuesday to Saturday - 10 am til 9:30 pm
Sunday - 1 pm til 9:30 pm
Mondays- Closed

Subject   : MV Logos Hope -San Fdo
Location :  San Fernando International Seaport (Pier)
                 Poro Point, San Fernando City
                 Province of La Union
The pier is located inside the Poro Point Freeport Zone (PPFZ) (where Thunderbird is also located). Just few meters away from the main gate of PPFZ at the right side of the road.
Note: This is only from July 9 to 21, 2015
How to get there:
From Manila ride a bus bound for these places: Laoag City (Ilocos Norte), Vigan City (Ilocos Sur), Candon City (Ilocos Sur), Bangued (Abra)  and La Union but you have to get down at the plaza of San Fernando City, La Union. 
From the plaza of San Fernando:
a) - ride a tricycle going to Poro Point pier area (fare 30+ php for the whole tricycle)
b) - ride a jeep bound for PORO located at the corner of Gov. Luna Street and Ortega Street (fare 10 php)
c) - or get down at "monumento" (Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers Monument) and ride a tricycle
From Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and Abra:
Ride a bus bound for Manila, Pasay, Cubao or Baguio City but you have to get down at San Fernando City La Union Town Plaza or ride a mini-bus bound for San Fernando City, La Union then either do above steps a), b) or c)
From Baguio City:
Ride a bus bound for Laoag (Ilocos Norte), mini-bus bound for Bangued (Abra) or San Fernando City, La Union and get down at the San Fernando City Plaza then either do above steps a), b) or c)

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