HomeRecoletos Multidisciplinary Research Journalvol. 9 no. 2 (2021)

Visayan Philosophy of Labor: A Reflection from the Notion of Kahimtang and John Paul II’s Philosophy

Arian Acampado | Glenn G. Pajares



This paper highlights John Paul II’s (JPII) Philosophy of Labor and points out the need to have a Visayan philosophy of labor. Moreover, this proposes to view and analyze the Visayan philosophy of labor within the context of the Visayan notion of kahimtang. The researchers believe that the word kahimtang can be viewed as a combination of three words ka, himu and butang, in which himu connotes a concept of work. Furthermore, within the compatibilist minds of the Visayan, himu (labor) plays a significant role to redirect one’s kahimtang. Work (labor), for the Visayan, is an essential expression of freedom which has a similar expression to JPII’s Philosophy of Labor.