from the Spanish faena, meaning ‘labor’
“carrier” (loader) / stevedore
Depending on which part of the Philippines you’re in — Ilocos, Cebu or the Tagalog-speaking areas − a pahinante could refer to a porter, stevedore (unloading cargo from ships at dock), member of a ship’s crew, personal driver, personal aide or assistant.
In general, a pahinante is a worker who performs manual labor.
Other related Tagalog words: kargador, manggagawa (worker)