When you live along the coast, the sea feeds your family. And if you work on a boat that sets out to sea every night, you might just be paid-in-kind. With fish, that is.
We were at the Estancia Fish Port on the northern tip of Iloilo, bucking the wee hours of the morning, to witness the arrival of fish-laden boats. After the fish had been unloaded and sold, I followed a group of deckhands out to the parking lot where they each received a pail of fish, more or less. It was their share of the take, their wage. I witnessed a similar practice in Mindoro where hired hands were paid with newly harvested grain. Whether your economy runs on grain or fish, that's your currency. Enjoy.
(Pixel-peepers: I took several shots because I was unsure which one will work. In the end, it was the back view that illustrated the story best. X marked the spot.)