When Pacita moved to Bangkok, she immediately started looking for a studio/home, but had little hope on their limited budget. Fortunately, she had a stroke of luck when she found a nice, artistically decorated, traditional Thai wooden house in the center of Bangkok. Even more fortunate was the fact that it was owned by a Thai woman, who had been her college classmate at the University of the Philippines.
Pacita found her new studio/home and it was a joy to live in and it even had a nice studio for her to paint. It was here that Pacita painted Thai scenes and her socio-political realistic series "Portraits Of Cambodia", as the result of her frequent trips to the refugee camps on the Thai-Cambodian border.