San Francisco   1970 - 1973

When Pacita arrived in San Francisco, she found that she was just like thousands of other immigrants in America, as she had to sleep on the couch in her relative's one bedroom apartment, and immediately started taking in sewing, while she looked for a job as a secretary.

Her mother had always insisted that she learn how to sew, cook and type. This was good advice and it allowed Pacita to make enough money in San Francisco to get by and pay her share of the rent.

Pacita soon landed a job at the Dooley Foundation and then enrolled at the University of San Francisco for a graduate degree in Asian History. While writing her dissertation on "Emilio Aguinaldo and the American Colonization of the Philippines in 1898", she was also working part time as art exhibitions coordinator.

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