Crossroads Hostel Manila’s name initially came from the name, “Cross Street”. Yes, we were called Cross Street Hostel before. Shocking isn’t it? Hahaha. Not quite but there’s a more meaningful story that came from a guest who stayed with us, an Adventist pastor, months ago.
He asked why we named our hostel to be and we casually told him because of three reasons:

  1. First, the area where we are is called ‘Crossing Area’ where business and trade ‘crosses’ each other via main thoroughfares, EDSA and Shaw Boulevard.
  2. Every traveler who’s on a recreation or vacation would somehow need to clear their heads and therefore travel because they are on a proverbial, “Crossroad” in their lives;
  3. Lastly, the owners are Christians and the place was honored in part to Jesus Christ who gave himself on the ‘Cross’ for the salvation of many who are lost.

They’re profound reasons, I thought, until this pastor told me a story of the good Samaritan of the Christian Bible (Luke 10:25-37) where a man was cared for by a Samaritan who brought him to, where? An Inn (v. 34).  It is said that those who did not do any thing for the badly beaten man could’ve stayed in the same property and the Inn Keeper became part of that famous parable Jesus said.

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I forgot his name but this pastor changed the meaning of what Crossroads Hostel Manila is from this day forward.

Another story, he said, was when the baby Jesus was born in a manger because — as the story goes — “…there was no guest room available for them.” (Luke 2:7).
The pastor then told me that I, as the hostel owner, have a profound role to play in the lives of many who come before Crossroads Hostel Manila because not only are the two stories significant but Jesus was part of those two stories: One, he used it as a Parable to teach; Two, Jesus was part of the story.
It should be noted that in both instances, the Inn Keeper accommodated many who are in need and indeed having this hostel and managing it is very profound for many and its meaning will forever be etched in the purpose and story of this hostel moving forward in history.
A Christmas Story indeed.
Merry Christmas to one and all.
Want to know the Christmas Story? Click here.
Want to read more about The Good Samaritan? Get it here.

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