Biography of Edgardo Tugade
Born in 1964. Completed AB English degree at the University of the Philippines in Diliman in 1987. Worked in many publications in the Philippines and Dubai after graduation. Published many news and PR articles. Some poems published in the Philippines Free Press and Mirror Weekly Magazine, as well as the Philippine Star newspaper. Doing part-time writing for Prime Asia magazine. Last job as senior deskman at The Daily Tribune.
Edgardo Tugade Poems
Cell Phone Poem
I have no space, have so much time, out of the race (meter and rhyme) .
Ang Para Sa Kanya (For Him)
Ito lang ang hinihintay niya: kung ano ang para sa kanya. Ang dami nang dumating at nawala pero lahat ay napasaiba.
DANSHI As I judge men’s arms By how they’d feel around me,
(Batang Pulubi) Mas higit ang bigay mo sa bigay ko sa iyo;
i play records of nocturnes at any hour of the day at any time of the year none of my neighbors object
Do but two things and you will endure: the least harm, the most good pursue.
Death is a father, perhaps. Death is a father's embrace, perhaps. Wait.
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Laughter salutes death. Laughter greets God's final 'No! ' with praises and thanks.
To the one seeking me, I hope you would hurry, I shan't have much time left Till my heartwings are clipped.
A mountain extends grandeur- a meteor expends grace- peace to all who wander- pain passing with no trace.
Haiku After Work
wish i could pull the distance between us like a rug in the sad times
I stole for you. You: Will be late, hon, for our date. Again? Dropped you.
Haiku: Who'Re You?
Do you Zen for yen? Do you beso for pesos? Are you frank for francs?
Diary, Aug 6/08
Even if Gods and men do not love me, and only do me harm, I have taught myself love, and I long to love them.
As I judge men’s arms
By how they’d feel around me,
And I judge men’s chests
By how they’d pillow me,
So I judge men’s eyes
By how they flutter,
And I judge men’s mouths
By how they water.
(by edgardo s. tugade,17 july 08)
* 'danshi' is Japanese for 'boy'