Executive Director & Co-Founder - Herna Cruz-Louie
Herna (pronounced "Er-Na") Cruz-Louie is the Executive Director and Co-Founder for American Center of Philippine Arts (ACPA). Herna's exposure to Philippine dance and music started at the age of 5, when she learned cultural dances to perform at local town fiestas. In 1995, she graduated from learning Philippine dance in garages and backyards to becoming a performer with PASACAT Philippine Performing Arts Company of San Diego, CA and eventually became an instructor for music by the age of 18. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2000, she performed with LIKHA-Pilipino Folk Ensemble as a musician and became Executive Director.
For over 18 years, Herna has performed and collaborated with many dance companies, organizations, schools and individual artists such as KulArts, Barangay Dance Company, Kawayan Folk Arts, Kariktan Dance Company, Parangal Dance Company, Glitter and Razz, Francis Wong, Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor (PACE) of SFSU, Asian Pacific American Youth Promoting Advocacy & Leadership (AYPAL), Mga Kapatid of UC Davis, Kulintronica, Kasamahan of USF, and more.
Herna also has over 13 years working as an administrator for nonprofit organizations such as the YMCA, Coaching Corps (formerly Team-Up for Youth), Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Kearny Street Workshop, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. She also worked with Circle of Moms, an online social media website for mothers. Herna is the co-founder of her own events management company called Events by Herna & Marissa, and is currently the Human Resources Representative at Tightrope Interactive, Inc., an online advertising agency based in San Francisco, CA.
SEED Site Coordinator - Oakland & Costume Coordinator - Diana Tayag Lerma
Diana Tayag Lerma has been involved in Pilipino dance since she was 19. She was an original member of the Barangay Dance Company in San Francisco, a founding member of the Larawan Philippine Dance Company, and finally a performing member of the Likha Pilipino Folk Ensemble. Her never-ending passion for Philippine culture and dance has led her to become part of American Center of Philippine Arts. She firmly believes in ACPA's mission in nurturing our community and ethnic identity, especially through our youth. The mother of two children - both of whom are part of ACPA's SEED (Students Enriched in Education and Development) Program - Diana hopes that by sharing her passion with the younger generation, they can connect more fully with their cultural history and hopefully, have a better understanding of what it means to be a Pilipino in America. Diana currently serves ACPA as a dance assistant and co-coordinator of costumes as well as the SEED Program coordinator.
SEED Site Coordinator - Brentwood - Mar Honrada
Maria Valentin Honrada began her exploration in Philippine culture during her college years at San Francisco State where she became an active member of the Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor organization. It was there that she discovered her passion for her culture especially in the art of Pilipino dance. In 1992, Maria was a founding member of Likha-Pilipino Folk Ensemble. She took several years off from dancing to raise her family but came back to perform and tour with Likha. As a mother of four children, she stands firmly behind the Mission and Vision of ACPA and believes in learning, sharing, and teaching the many aspects of our culture to our own children and to the communities at large.
Rondalla & Percussion Manager - Ervin Lopez
Bio to follow.
Dance Instructor & Musician - Randy Miranda
Randy Miranda has been dancing for 22 years and playing the badurria for 17. At the age of 13, Randy saw the popular dance tinikling, being performed by PASACAT at St. Rita's Church's Filipino community “Simbang Gabi.” He was enamored by the dance and wanted to join. It was then PASACAT started their “junior” dance program.
In 1999, Randy moved up to the Bay Area to get his bachelor's degree in Kinesiology at San Francisco State . He later joined PASACAT's sister company Likha, as a musician. In 2003, Randy was recruited to dance with Likha, but continued as a musician.
Fast forward to 2009, Randy is currently a dance assistant/musician with ACPA.
Props Master - Ron Honrada
Ron Honrada has always had interest in the many aspects of our culture. He was introduced to the world of folk dancing through his wife's involvement with the community and dance companies. His biggest passions are his four children, which three are members of ACPA's Seed Program. As his children's number one supporter, he has also become an asset to ACPA as their Stage, Props, and Audio Lead.
Webmaster and Photographer - Chris Lerma
Chris Lerma was first introduced to Philippine folk dance with Larawan back in 1993 where he met and married his wife Diana. Since then he always had interest in Filipino folk dancing. Chris currently works for Hewlett-Packard since 2000. Prior to H-P he worked for Deliotte & Touche Consulting as Technical SAP lead. He is a Sr. Application Engineer III specializing in SAP. He holds a Master Degree in Information Technology from Golden Gate University. His passion is in web design and photography; this is where he can add value to ACPA. Additionally, he is working on the side expanding his photography business. For samples of his work, visit www.ChrisLerma.com .
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