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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Our little Leia... #babynarratives
While listening to Les Miserables. Start them young, there is a world yet to be won. Someday the revolution will come.
I baked apple bread and it tasted wonderful. There's nowhere to buy bread now, I only hope I have enough stock of flour. Come to think of it, it should've been the first on my list. I used spelt flour here, I prefer using alternative flours that have a higher protein content, for the little one. #baking
Leia's plate. We try to eat as healthy as we can, for as long as we can. We can't say for sure what the future holds, but we try to keep going for the little one. We'll just make do if we run out of money or access to fresh food. For now, its as if the world is not in chaos. I suppose for the little one, it really is not. Both her parents are here and she sees her extended family more than she ever did. So, I guess that's it. I just know she misses school because she tells me the names of her classmates and teacher. Having a child in times of crises is really complicated.
Before we found out that we can't even get things delivered now, we were in a happy zone with the spices. We usually get random spices when we travel and move around. But we haven't moved around much since the baby and almost not at all since the beginning of this year. It finally caught up on the spice stash. I know this is a luxury right now, but food needs herbs and spices for flavor! Toddler loves them too. We finally found a supplier but we had to "quarantine" the spices for 24 hours first. The spice rack was replenished somewhat, the smell was intoxicating, and the colors vibrant. I wanted to take photos but little one woke up from her nap and I had to clear the cayenne before she gets to it. If only I can send out the smell of this, so amazing. Anyway, I still need to find suppliers to get us by. We have no quarantine pass and we haven't accessed our atms in like 3 weeks. Online ordering was our lifeline but it is congested now. Sigh. We shall survive to experience better days again. For spices, contact @theurbanspices . They are great to talk to and they have quality products!
Outdoor play while the parents are busy having their afternoon tea. They can really invent their own game at this point. #toddlernarratives #toddlerplay