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Friday, February 25, 2011

Doulos Ship Book Fair

Here's a repost about Doulos ship which I wrote in one of my blog sites 4 years ago:

Doulos book fair has drawn a big crowd in Manila and when I visited the port last January 14, 2007, over a thousand people came. Despite a long queue stretching the port gate, I was content to wait patiently for a chance to go up the gangway. The lines are long because each person is choosing so many books. I get to buy some souvenir pens and books that add up to my memorabilia collections. Unlike in an international cruise line that I formerly work where most of the crew is obsequious and quite friendly, Doulos crewmembers gave me a good impression. They put so much dedication on their tasks and everyone is very amiable.
Doulos is a home to 350 people from over 50 nations who have dedicated their 2 years time as unpaid volunteers and effort to learning about serving people from different nations and culture.
According to the Guinness Book of Record, Doulos is recorded as being the World’s Oldest Ocean Going Passenger ship. It was built in 1914 just two years after the Titanic sank. It is owned by a German non-profit charity organization ‘Guite Bucher Fiir (Good Books for all) and is the world’s largest book ship. Doulos visits port cities throughout the world, supplying vital literature resources, encouraging inter-cultural understanding, training young people for more effective life and service, promoting global awareness, providing practical aid and sharing a message of hope in God whenever there is an opportunity.
Doulos sets sail for Cebu on January 26 and her last port will be in Batangas on February 22 – March 5, 2007. After the Philippines, she will travel to Taiwan followed by Japan and the Republic of Korea

Sameera Chathuranga

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