Who We Are

Our Story

American Center of Philippine Arts (ACPA) was founded by Herna Cruz-Louie and “Wawa” Sydney Loyola in 2009, and provides a unique educational and developmental platform for multidisciplinary Philippines-inspired arts through innovative hands-on classes, collaborations, networking opportunities, and showcasing events.

For over ten years, ACPA has continued to nurture Philippine-inspired cultural arts to strengthen the Filipino community and ethnic identity through our current and ongoing performing arts programs:

  • Students Enriched in Education & Dance (SEED) Youth Programs – Instructing youth ages 5-17 in Philippine folk dance, with classes in Brentwood and Oakland
  • Philippine Rondalla Music Classes and Workshops – Ongoing classes in Oakland and instruction at collegiate Pilipinx organizations at University of San Francisco and UC Davis.
  • Community Collaborations – Working with multidisciplinary art organizations and individual artists who share our mission and vision.
  • Sydney Loyola Dance Project – Supporting new Philippine-inspired dance works by master choreographer Sydney Loyola
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