One of the poet Jose Lacaba's most well-known works, "Ang mga kagila-gilalas na pakikipagsapalaran ni Juan de la Cruz," aka "The Amazing Adventures of Juan de la Cruz"-riffs on this theme with its opening line, "Isang gabing madilim" or "One dark night.
It centers around the life of the impoverished Filipino Everyman, Juan de la Cruz, whose search for sustenance and ordinary pleasure are continually thwarted by society, both religious and secular.
In the end, he
takes up arms against the state rather than starve to death-one can say that he
becomes part of the awakened masses, though not in the Buddhist sense.