If a Filipino is met with severe difficulties, then he doesn't sit down as a beggar. He remains to be standing as a proud Pinoy!
His difficulties may be so severe that he is in need of help. This help will come automatically from his family, and if that isn't enough e.g. in cases of a catastrophe, then the whole barangay will help him, in the spirit of Bayanihan.
On a smaller scale he will also help himselves. He will buy one package of cigarettes, and sell one stick at a time. For the profit he will buy a new package of cigarettes and some candy, when he has sold that, then he will repeat the buying/selling until he has enough money to open up a sari-sari store.
He will use the profit from that small sari-sari store to pay for the education of one of his children (or a nephew/niece). This investment in the future, for the welfare of the whole family, is typical for the Filipino spirit.
My words here are merely a few words about how "Filipinos stand in the midst of difficulties".