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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Mommy mode with Team Leia. Lol. Daughter decided to bury me under her friends. They're all mine now. #babynarratives
Finally made some fluffy pancakes! Yay! They are not photogenic, but so fluffy and yummy. Recipe still needs some tweaking but we are getting there. Too bad we don't have some butter coz we keep on forgetting to buy some. This is more of a protein pancake as I used garbanzo and fava flour. We're trying to up the little one's protein intake without giving her too much meat, so we look into plant-based proteins. Here I used garbanzo and fava flour, milk, eggs, muscovado sugar, salt, aaaaand baking soda! It was what I needed all this time to make my pancakes fluff up. Yum yum! Home-cooked stuff are really the best. #babyfood #babynarratives
Snapshots from the play place. She found some toy screw drivers that she just wouldn't let go. She also loved the ball pit and the treasure chest. Glad she managed to play even around much bigger and rowdier kids. #babyplay #babynarratives
We've been exploring a new play place. More difficult on the weekend due to so many kids and she's usually one of the tiniest one there. But looks like our little one had fun still. Socializing or at least getting used to being around other children is so important at this stage. #babyplay #babynarratives
Hello? I'm 14 months old and I want to order some pizza, fries, and cookies. Just kidding... Or am I? Lol. So cute. She's been walking around with my purse and waving. Too bad I just can't get a photo of it. She's in a copy cat stage, she even tried putting my slippers on and walking! I think its a tad early for all of this. Time just flew by sooo fast. #babynarratives
Walang pila kaya nakapag-milk tea. Tapos yung inorder ko wala daw palang tea, gatas lang. Lol. Mommy milk or boba milk? #milktea #teatime