Portia Placino

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

Monumentality and Utilitarianism–of Ancient Egypt, Ancient India and Early Philippines

The first Ancient Civilization that we learn in class is on Ancient Egypt. I think that the journey should start from there, where we can see monumentality and attempt at … Continue reading

January 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

Marie Curie and the new semester

Tomorrow, another semester will start. Whew, I had a bit of vacation and I really hope I have recuperated enough from last semester’s tasks. As always, I have a dual … Continue reading

November 7, 2011 · 1 Comment

“Post-Modern” Art Contest

Hi, please vote for your favorite “post-modern” work of my students. Yes, I know, its not quite “post-modern”. But still, they had fun thinking, conceptualizing and eventually making and explaining … Continue reading

October 5, 2011 · 17 Comments

What is a Filipino? (Collage Contest)

Hi! So, “What is a Filipino?” and “What is your dream for Filipinos?” are questions that I asked my students. Here are their answers. Please vote for your favorite collage … Continue reading

September 25, 2011 · 230 Comments

Class Standing for Art History

Hi kids, so Midterm Examinations are coming up. Just so you know where you stand, I am posting the class standing so far. You need to study hard for the … Continue reading

August 2, 2011 · 1 Comment

Early Renaissance to High Renaissance

Hi kids, so we’re a week late. Most schools don’t have classes today. I’m still not sure if we’ll have class tomorrow. BUT, I’m going to post the next lesson … Continue reading

August 2, 2011 · Leave a comment

Art Around Us, Art in UP

These are projects for my teacher, Dr. Eloisa May Hernandez. Hope this inspires you to find art around us 🙂 The photos are linked to the original URL. To find … Continue reading

July 22, 2011 · 1 Comment

Medieval, Romanesque and Gothic Art

The link to the 3rd report: http://www.4shared.com/file/iFUGRpPW/MRG_report.html Surprise, we’re also watching a 1951 film entitled Quo Vadis:    

July 19, 2011 · Leave a comment
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Was stressing that the little one was not eating well in the past few days. She's transitioning to roughly mashed food and softly boiled/thinly cut ones. There were feeding times that she only wants to self-feed and would only take rice puffs and rice crackers. But today at school she munched on brocolli florettes and boiled pumpkins. For snack, I decided to flavor her rice cereal with a bit of pomegranate juice. And for dinner, we cooked pumpkin with nutmeg. She loved both of the things we prepared. Though I realized I did not follow the 3-4 days wait rule to detect possible allergies. Here's to hoping it will be alright. Yummy yum yum! #babyfood #babynarratives
The little one is 9 months old. Stranger danger, tantrums, clingyness, and sleep regression has befallen us. But, she's also pulling up and standing, walking while holding on to objects, eating a lot, and even self-feeding. Today, we even discovered that she can munch on small strips of brocolli and pumpkin. It looks like she's ready for spoon-feeding and baby-led weaning combination! She also got seriously sick, but she fought it like a champion. I think the best things I've heard about her are that she is tough and happy. Through her sickness, her pedia kept on telling me that she's matibay, tougher than babies older than her. Then we hear a lot that she's such a happy baby. When we were hanging out with @cerulean_ciphers, we understood what a bouncing baby literally meant. I often find myself asking the little one if I can borrow some of her happiness. But that's just it, that's the very gift of her existence. Onwards little one, we shall have a lot adventures soon enough! #babynarratives
Cooking mushy quinoa for little one's 9th month... Smells sooo good. #babyfood #babynarratives
Today's milestone is self-feeding! Yay! Love my spinach and peas edible rice teether. Nom nom nom! Tagumpay! #babynarratives #babyfood (Edible teether is Happy Baby Organics from @healthyoptionsph)
Happy birthday @hazgo88 !
The little one enjoyed her special quality time with her tita @cerulean_ciphers :) She enjoyed it so much that she passed out while waiting for our ride and she's still sleeping! Thank you for spending Saturday with us. Time is indeed the best gift, though the London haul is wow. Looking forward to our next food/chika/play session. #babynarratives