“Mamang Sorbetero, tayo'y sumayaw
kalembang mong hawak, muling ikaway
batang munti, sa 'yo'y naghihintay
bigyang ligaya ngayong tag-araw…”
[excerpt from Celeste Legaspi’s Mamang Sorbetero]
As children, we all eagerly waited for the tinkle of mamang sorbetero’s small bell on hot summer afternoons. Each time he lifted the covers, heads would hover above the cart and scooper in hand, mamang sorbetero would ask us our choices – “keso, ube, o tsokolate.” On some days he would offer us langka or mangga! We would then take out our coins and give our requests. As mamang sorbetero got ready to scoop out the sorbetes he would ask – “sa tinapay o sa cone?”
All grown up and having tasted other ice cream brands through the years, we sometimes still hanker for the taste of the sorbetes of our childhood – that homemade taste of mamang sorbetero’s ice cream still lingers on our taste buds – much like the smiles and laughs that filled our afternoons many summers ago.