Portia Placino

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

Birthday Post Part 2: 3-Movie Birthday Weekend

I don’t know if I can blog back but we have been watching a lot of movies lately. The birthday month started with 3–“Dagitab”, “War is a Tender Thing”, and … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sleeping through the return to action film

I wanted to write an intelligible review of Manila Kingpin: Asiong Salonga. I really did. It’s the first film that I watched in 2012. But, I had a cold that … Continue reading

March 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Smiling at Sione’s Wedding

  I have not blogged about movies that I have seen for the year. They aren’t much, due to the crazy busyness that grad school constantly gives me. For the … Continue reading

March 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Kidlat, PGMA and the Phallus

Ironic that we saw Joey Agbayani’s 1989 short film Kidlat right in time for the latest PGMA controversy. It is simply about a journalist interviewing and writing about a politician. The politician … Continue reading

November 17, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Search for Paradise

It’s been a while since I’ve seen challenging films. I’ve been watching Hollywood-need-not-think ones because I’ve been thinking too much as it is. But going through my interdisciplinary elective, I … Continue reading

November 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

Laugh Trip and Nursery Rhymes

I’ve watched Puss in Boots three nights in a row in different cinemas with different friends. I was not planning on writing about it, but it had to happen. Imagine, … Continue reading

November 14, 2011 · 6 Comments

The Smiles and Frowns of Mona Lisa

Since I started teaching in an exclusive school, I became fond of starting the semester with Mona Lisa Smile. This line from Catherine Watson is the best: What is art? … Continue reading

November 9, 2011 · 1 Comment

How “Babae Sa Septic Tank” ruined my Friday night

I will start with a positive note, Eugene Domingo did well. Very good actress. This is not about her performance. She did great. If anything, she is the saving grace … Continue reading

August 7, 2011 · 5 Comments

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
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Life with a toddler, without so many words... #toddlerplay #toddlernarratives
Motherhood is transformative. I'd rather see myself through the lenses of transformation, rather than of loss. I do miss the old days at times. I find it helpful to do something for myself that would not benefit the little one in any way. In the morning, it is coffee. Making Vietnamese-style coffee quietly while chaos ensues is meditative. The slowly dripping coffee on our Bat Trang mugs, a gift from Hanoi, is music. Drinking the coffee while its hot, now that can be a challenge. Lol. #coffee
Messy playtime is good playtime. Lol. Little one seems to enjoy her made-to-order mattress. Should've done that a long time ago, as she likes the feel of our big bed. (Uratex can do that for you, fyi.) She's been using a toddler bed ever since she managed to climb the crib set-up. She's not even 2 yet. We also retired her play fence, as we have to keep it open anyway. We've re-arranged our place and now she has her place. Her bed transitions into her play place, not pictured are her cabinet and book shelf. It is often chaotic, even if we tried to curate her toys as much as we could. Our favorites are her wooden toys and actual kitchen things that she uses as toys. Of course her mega blocks and duplo sets are great as well, but that means there are blocks everywhere. It is plastic, but good quality ones. Her coloring area is not being used as much as it used to be, but that is how she is, there are seasons to her toys. Then she also has her "friends" and random knick knacks and homemade toys. We didn't buy her any battery-operated ones, we opted for wooden, open-ended, and pretend-play toys. Each day is different, only chaos is constant. At least now, she's asleep. For today, and always, I also need sleep. #toddlernarratives #toddlerplay
Snapshots while resting from market shopping... There's a whole world outside of the grocery store. Its important to know where food comes from. #toddlernarratives
Nakakapagod naman mamalengke... Tapos ipapamigay lang ni Mommy yung saging sa mga bata. Share daw at empathy. Ano ba yun? Pahingi na nga lang ng juice. Dami dala bag ni Mommy, no to plastic daw. Buti mababait manininda. Sabay bili naman ng juice, weh, dapat my dala siyang lalagyan. Mommy talaga oh... #toddlernarratives