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

Concurrence at West Gallery

Well, this is my first writing project of the year (outside of the 2013 backlogs). Aside from that, this is also a first for me to create an exhibition note … Continue reading

January 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Reflections on Former West Propositions

Former west brown bag from Portia Placino The Former West Congress: Documents, Constellations, and Prospects was participated in by around 150 students form all over the world. The levels of … Continue reading

September 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

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

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
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The only semi-decent video we got of her walking unsupported. It really was much better than that. Maybe in the days to come. We were just so excited, its difficult to film. So happy for our bouncing ray of sunshine! #babybirthday #babynarratives
Incredibly fun party number two at baby school! The baby buffet was such a hit! More stories to come. Also, Leia had such fun, she began walking unsupported. Yay! #babybirthday #babynarratives
For now, all I can say is, we have a toddler. Who refuses her bedtime because she found out she has new toys in the shiny boxes. Among other things. She grew up too fast and I have a million words but none that I can utter right now. Thanks to everyone who has always been there for us in our most challenging journey yet. Onwards little one, you are still my baby. #babybirthday #babynarratives
Leia's impromptu day out. Just wanted a bite at the local eatery, but it was closed, so we went to a nearby mall. We ordered her a crepe and she loved it. She enjoyed "choosing" from the menu. Lol. We also gave in and let her taste ice cream from one of our favorite places. But, nope, she did not like it. Nice, pre-birthday celebration, she definitely enjoyed being outside and observing people. #babynarratives
Someone had her first ice cream. And she did not like it. Lol. I really thought she would gobble ice cream up, oh well, good for her. Impromptu day out when our neighborhood eatery was closed. #babynarratives
I wish I can have a sip of orange hot chocolate and a bite of lemon cream pie. Its sooo hot. And I am craving. Sigh... I am sooo Tita. #chocolate #dessert