Executive Director & Co-Founder - Herna Cruz-Louie
(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
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 Program Coordinator, Costume & Props Manager - Diana Tayag Lerma
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
SEED Site Coordinator - Brentwood - Mar Honrada
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
Rondalla & Percussion Manager - Ervin Lopez
Bio to follow.
Dance Instructor & Musician - Randy Miranda
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
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
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 .
For listing of Board Members (click here).