Batanes   1946 - 1951

Pacita Barsana Abad, globe-trotting artist and social activist, was born on October 5, 1946 in Basco, Batanes, a small, windswept Philippine island located halfway between Taiwan and Luzon. It is where the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea meet and 10,000 people made a living from subsistence farming and fishing.

Because of its strategic location, Batanes was occupied at various times by English, Spanish, Japanese and American forces over the past 500 years. In fact, the Japanese invaded and occupied Batanes just a day after Pearl Harbor was attacked.

Pacita was born in the post office, which was part of their house, the year after the war ended, and was the fifth of thirteen children of Aurora Barsana Abad and Jorge Abad.

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