Portia Placino

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

Day 7, A conversation between two paintings

My students are always fascinated when I point out that Juan Luna’s Spoliarium isn’t his only work, nor academic painting his only style. Two examples currently hang in the Vargas … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Teaching controversial art

Teaching controversial art proved to be a difficult endeavor. Part of why this in the syllabus is so that I can teach visual literacy and open-mindedness to my students. Sadly, … Continue reading

September 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ideological Divides and a Calm After the Storm

We now leave the Renaissance for a bit and focus on the next couple of centuries–17th to 18th centuries. There was an enormous upheaval and ideological divide during the Baroque … Continue reading

September 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Further into the Renaissance and Mannerism

August was full of disruptions, rains, floods, and even illnesses. But hopefully, we leave all that now. As August ends, we also end our lessons in Renaissance. This time, we … Continue reading

August 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Shifting towards the Renaissance

Last time, we talked about the relationship of art with the church. Particularly, how art expressed beliefs and predispositions of the church. Christian religion then was a new system of … Continue reading

August 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Art and the Church Lecture

  Art and religion has a very complicated relationship, to say the least. In art history, art played a key role in the development of the church, more particularly a … Continue reading

July 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

Looking at Early Art

There is always something so fascinating about early art. There is no written documentation from pre-historic art. What we have left are their sculptures, their paintings, and their structures. We … Continue reading

July 13, 2012 · 5 Comments

Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase

I stumbled into this interesting piece as I was looking for new movies to watch. Since The Artist was such a success, I decided to look for more Academy Award winning films. … Continue reading

June 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Monumentality and Utilitarianism–of Ancient Egypt, Ancient India and Early Philippines

The first Ancient Civilization that we learn in class is on Ancient Egypt. I think that the journey should start from there, where we can see monumentality and attempt at … Continue reading

January 9, 2012 · Leave a comment
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12 hours of labor, medications, and an emergency cs later... Our little strong fighter is under observation, but doing well. She had to struggle against the umbilical cord wrapped twice around her neck that stressed her out enough to produce meconium. But again, she has strength within her. #baby #babynarratives
Extreme vulnerability grants the gift of clear insight. (Photo by Rem Zamora.) #baby #babynarratives @rem.zamora @pamschua
At 39 weeks, waiting. Its quite a journey. I've been lucky with all the support I have despite the challenges. I posted this on fb and it was just on fire, lol. Feeling beautiful, at any stage, especially at this point, is very difficult. Now, I have this special time photographed. Thanks for capturing this moment in my life @rem.zamora :) #baby #babynarratives
Our little pumpkin is just about ready, but still bidding her time. For now, I want to focus on our #greenlantern #gamerchef. He's my superhero. He made an important decision during this journey--he made it about me. What I would like, what would comfort me, what would keep me healthy and happy, what would keep me going. He focused on what is and the best possible course of action in the present. Pregnancy reveals a lot in people, who would actually care about my well-being and happiness vis-a-vis who would simply see me as a baby incubator. Too many feel entitled to me and my body, my decisions, what I eat, what I do, and even what I feel. #gamerchef on the other hand, simply accepted what is, and went from there. He went with me to all my doctor's appointments, laboratory tests, and ultrasounds. More importantly, he recognized me as me, with valid thoughts, feelings, and emotions. He never pushed me to sacrifice things in the name of our baby. He approached the journey as a partner and tried to find the best case scenario that would make me happy instead. He recognized that ultimately, it should be about what I want, at the same time offering his presence and support. This journey was far from easy, we are exhausted and we have barely begun. But I look forward to seeing #gamerchef in his upcoming role as a parent, he will be a great one. #baby #babynarratives (photo by @rem.zamora)
One of our last hurrahs before game time. Thanks for playing Lipio brothers! Lol. Also, yes Pat, stuffed crust is amazing. See you guys again soon. #edh #mtg #magicthegathering
Bun is almost done baking in the oven, we're waiting until the time is right. In the meantime, Sundate! Missed Relish, food is sooo good. Then passed by Purple Oven. Summer heat and all. #babynarratives #gamerchef