Our stroller bags were heavy but we raced down the walkways, carefully steering clear of the towering acacia trees and the higad
(caterpillars) that seemed to multiply as the months trudged on.
The firecracker commonly known as 'higad
,' which used to be sold in packs of three for P100, is now priced at P40 to P50 apiece.
As children of the '80s, the neighborhood kids and I played house on a mango tree, encountering higad
and hantik, picking aratiles from other trees, and sliding down rooftops with only a flimsy gutter to break our momentum.