As I wrote previously, Filipinos need fewer comforts as most foreigners are accustomed to needing. Just as Americans are accustomed to things Europeans are not, such as Air conditioning. Most Americans are used to bigger homes, bigger rooms and each child in a house having their own room or possibly at the most, two children sharing a room.
Now back to class structure. Even though I have lived in the Philippines for over two years, I have not visited many homes of Filipinos. I have been in homes of a poorer and smaller size. These homes were of some of the construction friends I have.
One in particular is a small two-room home with a CR. Each room is about 10 feet by 12 feet. In this home, there are two adults and four children. I would say they are a poorer type family, but the man works and the wife has a small Sari-Sari store in front of their house.
When you are out about town, you see most Filipinos well dressed and cleanly groomed. They work in the mall, a restaurant or an office. What we do not see is their living conditions. The pride of Filipinos keeps them well dressed. However, at their break time you see them in the small Caranderias spending about 20 pesos for their lunches.
You also need to realize, I am discussing from my experience living in a city, I have little or no experience visiting the provinces where people farm for their existence.
From what I have found on my research, the top 1% of the population earned in a year is more than the bottom 30% of the population earned combined. Also more than 30% of the population earns less than needed to sustain a family.
Many houses are over stuffed with members of their extended family with only one or two income earners. They sustain mostly on rice and carbohydrates with little protein or vegetables. This is because the extended family is never turned away when in need.
You might be wondering when I am going to answer the description of the economic classes here, but for me, this is something I am not qualified to answer. All I can say is no matter how poor the masses are, they are mostly the kindest and welcoming population I have met.