Manila, Lovina Street   1982 to 1984

Pacita found this small, wooden traditional "Bahay Pilipino", located close to Manila Bay and built up on stilts to protect it from the annual floods. The house was a jewel, but it wasn't for everybody with its capiz shell windows, spanish tiles, rattling window frames, ceiling fans, tin sloped roof and unreliable water and electricity.

Pacita took the whole section of the house underneath the floor and converted what used to be a garage and storage space into her studio. It was charming, but lacked wall space for Pacita to hang her paintings, so visitors had to go below the house to see her latest paintings. Of course when the annual floods came, her studio went under water. Nevertheless, Pacita painted prolifically in that studio and created a number of her big "Mask" trapuntos, as well as her "Underwater" series - inspired by her scuba diving, not the floods.