Portia Placino

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

Scrap PDAF | I will join the march to Luneta tomorrow, Aug 26

I will join the rally tomorrow, August 26, at Luneta Park. The meet-up for the UP faculty, student, and communities will be at Quezon Hall, 7 a.m. I will be … Continue reading

August 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

SONA 2013: Stories, lessons, and questions

Today, I was in my very first official mobilization. I don’t know exactly why it took me this long to actually join. But now, I finally did. I do not … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

OPM is not dead, but it might as well be

Address the problem. Make OPM accessible. Let us hear it. Maybe then we can debate OPM’s life and death, quality or lack thereof. Unless we hear the music, it might as well not exist. After that, we can tackle once again, what is Filipino music anyway? What is OPM?

August 30, 2012 · 4 Comments

My Braid Stories

For about a year, I thought I would be writing my graduate thesis on video games. I’ve written several seminal papers on it, including the an art historical view of … Continue reading

February 11, 2012 · 2 Comments

Please wake up Lirio

May your weapons be a key to your awakening.  May each strum of your deconstructed guitars echo through your consciousness. May your defamiliarized instruments call unto powers beyond our own. … Continue reading

January 30, 2012 · 9 Comments

Remembering Rizal and a Poetry Performance

In their late 20’s, Rizal wrote Noli Me Tangere, Luna painted the Spoilarium and Bonifacio started the armed revolution. Those of us in our late 20’s today, what are we … Continue reading

January 2, 2012 · 2 Comments

A Christmas Fantasy Production

Is Christmas real? Christmas celebrations are mostly real. At least, as far as I’ve experienced it with my family. Christmas Eve was the first time I thought of this article, … Continue reading

December 28, 2011 · 2 Comments

Sendong Tragedies, Power of Images and Aestheticizing Suffering

A picture paints a thousand words. We heard that phrase numerous times in our lifetime. True to a certain extent. Yet, a thousand words may still remain silent on certain … Continue reading

December 22, 2011 · 2 Comments
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12 hours of labor, medications, and an emergency cs later... Our little strong fighter is under observation, but doing well. She had to struggle against the umbilical cord wrapped twice around her neck that stressed her out enough to produce meconium. But again, she has strength within her. #baby #babynarratives
Extreme vulnerability grants the gift of clear insight. (Photo by Rem Zamora.) #baby #babynarratives @rem.zamora @pamschua
At 39 weeks, waiting. Its quite a journey. I've been lucky with all the support I have despite the challenges. I posted this on fb and it was just on fire, lol. Feeling beautiful, at any stage, especially at this point, is very difficult. Now, I have this special time photographed. Thanks for capturing this moment in my life @rem.zamora :) #baby #babynarratives
Our little pumpkin is just about ready, but still bidding her time. For now, I want to focus on our #greenlantern #gamerchef. He's my superhero. He made an important decision during this journey--he made it about me. What I would like, what would comfort me, what would keep me healthy and happy, what would keep me going. He focused on what is and the best possible course of action in the present. Pregnancy reveals a lot in people, who would actually care about my well-being and happiness vis-a-vis who would simply see me as a baby incubator. Too many feel entitled to me and my body, my decisions, what I eat, what I do, and even what I feel. #gamerchef on the other hand, simply accepted what is, and went from there. He went with me to all my doctor's appointments, laboratory tests, and ultrasounds. More importantly, he recognized me as me, with valid thoughts, feelings, and emotions. He never pushed me to sacrifice things in the name of our baby. He approached the journey as a partner and tried to find the best case scenario that would make me happy instead. He recognized that ultimately, it should be about what I want, at the same time offering his presence and support. This journey was far from easy, we are exhausted and we have barely begun. But I look forward to seeing #gamerchef in his upcoming role as a parent, he will be a great one. #baby #babynarratives (photo by @rem.zamora)
One of our last hurrahs before game time. Thanks for playing Lipio brothers! Lol. Also, yes Pat, stuffed crust is amazing. See you guys again soon. #edh #mtg #magicthegathering
Bun is almost done baking in the oven, we're waiting until the time is right. In the meantime, Sundate! Missed Relish, food is sooo good. Then passed by Purple Oven. Summer heat and all. #babynarratives #gamerchef