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

Day 2: A Room with a View, Remembering Gustave Courbet’s The Painter’s Studio

I walked around in a cold, darkened room, and there it was—Gustave Courbet’s The Painter’s Studio. I stood in awe for a moment, taking it in. I walked near it … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Dancing in a Dream

Finding the Clärchens Ballhaus is one of the most unbelievable experiences in Berlin. I never would have been able to if I didn’t join the walk in the city with … Continue reading

July 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Walking the Wall, Looking Back and Forward

My first day in Berlin, I wanted to find the East Side Gallery, a kilometer or so of what is left of the former Berlin Wall. It was March 17, … Continue reading

June 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Philippine Digital Game: An Emerging Art Form

by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino video games philippines INTRODUCTION Digital games have always been a part of Philippine culture since home video game technology reached the country around the … Continue reading

February 1, 2011 · 2 Comments

Pag-Akyat sa Kalbaryo: Evolving Local Voices

by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino INTRODUCTION Pag-akyat sa Kalbaryo (Dalitan) is a local community practice of the Lucbanins sponsored by the Dealo Family. The story is centered on the … Continue reading

January 31, 2011 · Leave a comment

Beyond Virgin Mary: Reclaiming the Female Role in Religious Performance and Imagery

by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino Religious imagery and practices have been part of the Philippine way of life from the pre-colonial time to the present. Through this time, various … Continue reading

January 31, 2011 · 1 Comment

Mainstream and Independent Cinema Towards New Media: Reflections on film viewing and film making in the Philippines

by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino Filipino Film Viewing Culture Cinema in the Philippines started in 1895 right after Manila had its first electric plant installed thus providing an energy … Continue reading

January 31, 2011 · 1 Comment

Philippine Art in the Nation Building Period (pre-war)

cinema in the time of nation building music in the time of nation building

January 31, 2011 · 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