Pacita Barsana Abad was an Ivatan and Philippine-American painter. She was born in Basco, Batanes, a small island in the northernmost part of the Philippines, between Luzon and Taiwan. Her more than 30-year painting career began when she traveled to the United States to undertake graduate studies. She exhibited her work in over 200 museums, galleries, and other venues, including 75 solo s, around the world. Abad's work is now in public, corporate, and private art collections in over 70 countries.