HomeLuz y Sabervol. 3 no. 1 (2009)

The Experiences and Search for Meaning in A poverty-stricken Community in Cavite: Basis for a Life Enhancement Program

Ernesita P. Corpuz



The study describes the different ordeals being experienced by ten individuals from the same “walk of life” due to extreme poverty. The criterion for choosing the respondents was based on description of poverty as material deprivation. In order to determine the poorest families living the area, a survey on socio-economic status was administered among residents of Barangay 10-B Kingfisher, Bacoor Bay Sta. Cruz, Cavite City. The result of the survey became the basis for choosing the ten co-researchers. This study employed the

qualitative-phenomenological research design, which centered on the combination of existential and transcendental phenomenology, where both the lived experience and meaning of the experience are

interchangeably observed, described and analyzed. Through both empirical and reflective methods, it probed into disclosing the lived experience of the ten samples of the household population suffering from extreme poverty.