Portia Placino

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

Day 4, Loss at the Cemetry Gates

Loss. Where do we begin when we talk of loss? It’s so easy to talk of loss as an ending. But given time, you realise that the loss is just … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · 12 Comments

Day 3, Commitment and Music

I still feel the cold, dry air that freezes my lungs. The bright, white snow that blinds my eyes. The bare trees… A sense of wonder. This is my memory … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 10 Comments

Bach in the Subways

We spent Saturday evening celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach’s 330th birthday. It’s been a while since I listened to orchestra music, so I knew I really wanted to go when I … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lights of Sigur Ros

Before Taipei, I have never even heard of Sigur Ros. My music taste got stuck in the 90s for some time. The past few months has been a rediscovery. Sigur … Continue reading

January 27, 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

Diary of a Grad Student: Leap Year, Cartoons, and Opera

I looked to the coming of the leap year with dread. It was supposed to be the deadline of my thesis proposal’s first draft. But, maybe the leap year has … Continue reading

March 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

Philippine Art in the Nation Building Period (pre-war)

cinema in the time of nation building music in the time of nation building

January 31, 2011 · Leave a comment
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