Portia Placino

Repository of my thoughts and images of art, literature, travel, and life.

About Portia

Lumphini Park, Bangkok, Thailand (2015)

I love art and writing—this is why I have this blog! I’m a teacher by profession and I’m happy to be able to converse about art and culture for a living. As an Instructor at the University of the Philippines, Diliman Campus, I have the best students to discuss art history and theory with.

I am currently working on my seemingly never-ending thesis for a Master in Art Studies under the Art Theory and Criticism Program. At the same time, I have a renewed drive to keep my blog going. I find it a healthy and freeing exercise, very different from the academic writing that I do.

My research interest includes contemporary art and theory, publics of art, and of criticality. I am always trying to expand in other aspects of art history and art theory. My travels in Europe and Asia and my political philosophy generate a particular growing interest in the changes and revolutions of the 19th century.

I travel as much as I can, as far as I can possibly can. Travelling and immersing in other cultures teach me a lot about myself, and in such a consciousness, I learn about other people. I feel at home on the road and I feel helpless when I stay in one place too long.

I also love food and I see dining as visceral adventure in living. I’m not a great cook but I try. It helps that I have a partner who loves cooking and eating as well. There is a regularity about eating, we have to do it so often for survival; yet it can be the most exciting thing we can do in a day.

My personal photographs will find their way in the blog. I take a lot of them, though some end up lost in the shuffle. There is something about standing behind the lens, trying to capture the ephemeral moment. I’ve been doing that since I was in high school, more than 15 years now.

Hua Lamphong Railway Station, Bangkok, Thailand (2015)

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14 comments on “About Portia

  1. .ecai
    August 4, 2009

    ..miss portia, i cant find ur facebook ac.

    check this: http://www.imeem.com/people/9EenD3H/playlist/nDh_Q2Kc/string-quartets-music-playlist/. that’s just some of the songs that they covered. they actually covered a lot of songs in diff. genres. if you like it, help yourself in finding them. (madme prin akong wala sa playlist ko.)

    ..im still thinking of how i can forward to you the picture of the goddesses to u.

    ..and, oh.. i just wanna share.. check out ANDY MCKEE in you tube. grbe, i went LOKA.! he’s really good. i mean great.!

    hope you enjoy it.!

  2. cassiopeia88cassiedy
    November 2, 2009

    Mom, look I have a wordpress account now. hihi…

    Thanks for putting up our grades. And I wanna thank you also for putting up with all the noise and clamor the class makes. I’m going to miss Hum 101 with you mama. Thanks also for all the time you talked with me during my illegal stay at the faculty on your desk. I can’t put all my thoughts into words so I will just leave it at that.

    Thanks mama. Thanks for being my mom.

  3. cassiopeia88cassiedy
    November 4, 2009

    I will scream my mind through printed words and no one will stop me. I will have Freedom!!!

  4. cassiopeia88cassiedy
    November 13, 2009

    Mom read my new entry…I kinda feels like you’re reading a short story than a journal entry… XD

  5. cassiopeia88cassiedy
    November 17, 2009

    I know were not allowed but still, can you keep a heart from going to a place where it feels safe no matter how unsafe others say it is.

  6. cassiopeia88cassiedy
    November 29, 2010

    Hi, mom. Been more than a year since I last went here. Miss you.

    • portiaplacino
      February 1, 2011

      hi dear,

      i miss you too.
      if you happen to visit this site again, i posted some papers and researches that i have done last year for my master’s class. i’m not yet done though. you might enjoy them 🙂

  7. Leigh
    August 3, 2011

    hi porsh. leigh here. really nice to find your blog. i will enjoy it here. makes me remember college days of arts, literature and other stuffs. this is not my major, but arts is quite interesting. consider me as a student here, would love to learn. you go gurl!

    • portiaplacino
      August 3, 2011

      Hi dear, thanks so much for the support! You can subscribe to the site as well so you can get notifications if there are new posts. I don’t post something everyday, but there’s usually something new every week or every other week. Miss you girl! 🙂

  8. Nikki Roque
    August 5, 2011

    finally found the site :)) yeay

    • portiaplacino
      August 5, 2011

      it really is pretty easy if you’re paying attention 🙂

  9. maria criselda santos
    January 2, 2012

    Hi Portia! I love your blog and your article re: Rizal. Thanks for citing our blogs as well. It’s an honor 🙂 Btw, I’m interested to be part of The Shakespeare Standard. How do I go about it?

    • Portia Placino
      January 3, 2012

      Hi! Thank you for visiting the blog. It really makes me happy when someone reads and appreciate what I write. Your own blog is interesting as well 🙂

      We are always looking for new Editors/ Writers/ Contributors for The Shakespeare Standard. You can visit the site at http://theshakespearestandard.com for instructions, e-mail the Editor at editor@theshakespearestandard.com or can tweet the Editor @shakesstandard and state your interest. If you’re a student, there are also internships available, all the work we do are online.

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