Portia Placino

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

Art Conversations: Ideas and Aesthetics of Modernism

Modern ideas are often applied within the aesthetic imagination of the Filipinos. F. Sionil Jose’s obsession with the significant form and the greatness of the art of the masters echoes … Continue reading

March 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Art Conversations: The Concept and Question of “Beauty” and “Sublime”

As revealed in the discussions on Poleteismo, Filipino people are still looking for beauty in art. Numerous articles are looking, not just for beauty but also for the ennoblement of … Continue reading

February 29, 2012 · 3 Comments

Art Conversations: What is Art? Problems of Defining Art

The earliest cries on the aesthetic value of Poleteismo is its position as art. It is the root cause of the controversy and debate when the issue of religious offense … Continue reading

February 23, 2012 · 6 Comments

Art Conversations: Critical Art Practices in the Philippines

A hundred and fifty years after Jose Rizal’s death, about a hundred years after Marcel Duchamp’s The Fountain, where do we actually find ourselves? We are still stuck in the … Continue reading

February 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

Jose Rizal, Mideo Cruz, Kulo and Censorship

150 years. Did the world really change? Most times, I feel like life is spearing ahead too fast. But if you examine our history, our legacy, you may ask, did … Continue reading

August 14, 2011 · 1 Comment

Seeking Beauty and the Sublime

by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino This specific topic has been troubling me. After pondering long and hard about it, I am stuck. I’ve read all of the reading assignment. … Continue reading

July 9, 2011 · 1 Comment

Mark Salvatus’ Secret Garden 2 Critique

Silip sa Selda Kinse by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino Sa isang tunay na selda—madilim, masikip, mabaho. Hindi makakilos. Walang buhay. Hindi makahinga. Nakakulong. Halos mahawakan ang katabi, naamoy ang … Continue reading

May 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

Rodel Tapaya’s Bulaklak ng Diwa Critique

Beyond Kabunyan: Visual Narrative of Contemporary Filipino Mythologies by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino Engulfed yet segregated—Rodel Tapaya elicits into visual imagery the contemporary Filipino mythologies amidst the post-colonial re-interpretation … Continue reading

May 7, 2011 · Leave a comment
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Little one eating carrots. Lol. We gave her some big slices just to see. I also gave her several bites of my chocolate earlier and it may have been a mistake because she loved it. It was 88% dark, vegan, and gluten-free, you have to be careful with dark chocolate as most commercial ones would still have dairy and other additives. She eats better that us, I think. Today, it was rice cereal for breakfast, stewed cinnamon and nutmeg apples and pears for morning snack, spiced quinoa for lunch, nutmeg pumpkin for afternoon snacks, and carrots for dinner. I eat her leftovers and damn, they sometimes taste better than the adult food. She also eats rice puffs and rice crackers with her medicine. Good thing she still eats well despite her illness. Sigh. Onwards little one, Daddy caught you on video this time. #babynarratives
Reading kind of morning. Today is your grandfather's birthday, I wish he got to see you grow up and read books like that. You're lucky your Daddy gets to read to you like that little one. #babynarratives
My Valentine. (We're not really fond of this holiday, except for the cake. We'll see if we can get an allergen-free cake last minute. Lol. This time of the year is too commercialized for us to enjoy.) #babynarratives
Walking, walking; walking, walking; walk, walk, walk; walk, walk, walk... Had to get the house cleaned, then this happened. So cute. The journey to walking begins with a single step. Lol. #babynarratives
Clingy little donut and exhausted Daddy. Lol. Extremely clingy week, with cough, colds, and a tiny little teeth trying to break out. #babynarratives
We can't go out and we're too tired to cook. So we ordered a feast. Lol. Let's try again next year. Yet little one still has fresh food, been introducing her to spices, more aggressively this time. And she gobbled them right up. Yay. #gamerchef