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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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