I am not sure what sort of people now crowd around Pres. Noynoy, but I do hope they have the interest of the majority and especially of the weaker members of society in their hearts. Here's a start in helping them identify correctly how most Filipinos who are poor actually live.
1. They don't own a house and lot; they rent a place, into which more than half of their salary goes. If they can't afford to rent, then it is even worse. Don't get us even started on the utility bills.
2. They commute via public utility vehicles; they can't afford a car.
3. If not unemployed, they are restricted to applying for low-end jobs, and without backers too.
4. They eat canned sardines and instant noodles for dinner.
5. They source most of their clothes from the ukay-ukay shop. Sometimes, though, they'd rather die than be identified as poor, so they spend much on the latest fashion just to be in.
6. They can't afford to buy, or forego buying, appliances such as computer, refrigerator, washing machine, microwave oven, aircon, etc.
7. They can't afford other necessities basic to a middle-class family: college and higher education, hospitalization and health insurance, traditional lavish wedding and reception, respectable wake and funeral, etc.
8. They can't afford luxuries like family vacations/outings, fine-dining, the latest laptop, high-end cell phone, digicam, videocam, etc.
9. They can't afford to save money for the future. Their existence is most pitifully and involuntarily hand-to-mouth.
10. They numb their pain by killing their hopes and dreams and sense of compassion, if not indulging in vice and cheap narcotic. If they do dream, their foremost dream is to leave (and live and work abroad).