Herna Cruz-Louie Executive Director


Phone: (415) 632-9400

Maria Honrada Brentwood SEED Program Manager

Email: maria.honrada@philippinearts.org

Phone: (925) 352-4159

If we are unavailable, or if you prefer to have an adult Philippine dance company perform for your next event, we’d like to refer you to these other great Bay Area wide Philippine cultural arts organizations. Please note that these organizations run as individual entities and you will have to inquire about their pricing and availability separately.

Barangay Dance Co. & Himig Rondalla San Francisco

Rona Ronquillo, Executive Director


Kaisahan of San Jose Philippine Dance Co. San Jose

Helen Pastor-Moreno, Artistic Director


Kariktan Dance Company Concord

Robbie Herrera, Artistic Director


Kawayan Folk Arts Milpitas

RJ Payomo, Executive Director


LIKHA-Pilipino Folk Ensemble Oakland

Tina Cruz, Community Relations Director


Little Manila Dance Collective Stockton

Brian Batugo, Director


Parangal Dance Company San Francisco

Ritchel Tan Gazo, Executive Director


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


San Francisco Sea Music Festival
Saturday, September 12, 2015 | 9:30am-5:00pm
ACPA Youth & Rondalla performs at 4:00pm.
Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco

Filipino American History Month Celebration at the Asian Art Museum
Sunday, October 4, 2015 | 10:30am-4:00pm
ACPA Youth performs at 11:00am. ACPA Rondalla performs at 3:00pm.
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! (Target First Free Sundays)

Warriors Filipino Heritage Night at Oracle Arena
November, 2015 (Date TBA)
Oracle Arena, Oakland


Now in our 6th year, ACPA has continued to nurture Philippine cultural arts to strengthen the Filipino community and ethnic identity through our current ongoing performing arts programs:

  • Students Enriched in Education & Dance (S.E.E.D.) 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 Filipino college organizations such as University of San Francisco and University of California, Davis.
  • Community collaborations – working with other arts organizations and individual artists who share our mission and vision.
  • Jay Loyola Dance Project – supporting new Philippine dance works by ACPA’s Artistic Director and Choreographer, Jay Loyola.

Students Enriched in Education & Dance (S.E.E.D.) Program

Classes are offered on a seasonal basis for youth ages 5-17. The 3 major goals of the S.E.E.D. Youth Program are:

  1. to teach Philippine Folk Dance as a tool for students to learn about Philippine arts and nurture cultural pride and identity;
  2. to build a platform for students to perform publicly and share Philippine cultural arts to diverse audiences;
  3. to create a safe, performing arts space for students to gain confidence, self-respect, and a sense of community.

Students will learn the basic fundamentals of Philippine Folk Dance from various regions of the Philippines and apply them to choreography. All students are encouraged to participate in the end-of-season performance.

Please visit our Facebook Page for up-to-date photos, videos, and news of our programs and classes!


Oakland, CA
Studio 1924
1924 Franklin Street, 3rd Floor, Oakland, CA
Sundays, August 30, 2015 – February, 2016
From 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Brentwood, CA
Brentwood Community Center
35 Oak Street, Brentwood, CA
Sundays, August 30, 2015 – February, 2016
From 4:00pm – 5:30pm

$36.00 PER MONTH, PER STUDENT (Due every 1st Sunday of the month), OR

For more information, please contact Herna Cruz-Louie, Executive Director at (415) 632-9400 or herna@philippinearts.org.

The SEED Program is supported by the Oakland City Council and funded by the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program, individual donors,  and corporate sponsors.

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If you are interested in learning an instrument of the Philippine Rondalla, or would like to request the ACPA Rondalla and Percussion Ensemble for a community or private event, please contact Herna Cruz-Louie at herna@philippinearts.org.

Music Director & Instructor
Herna Cruz-Louie

Avery Balasbas
Mayo Buenafe-Ze
Jaime Barrairo Cuba
Eric Dong
Abraham Estrada
Junn Geronimo
Matthew Harris
Katrina Hermoso
Mickey Hermoso
Major Julian
Ervin Lopez
Cyril Millendez
Randy Miranda
Nick Obando
Zarina Raha
Almar Reyes

Rondalla 2016

The American Center of Philippine Arts (ACPA) Rondalla (string ensemble) was established in 2009 as one of the organizations’ ongoing programs, led by executive director and music director, Herna Cruz-Louie. The ACPA Rondalla started as music accompaniment to the Students Enriched in Education & Dance (SEED) Youth Program, as well as performing for local community organizations such as Barangay Dance Company, KulArts, Parangal Dance Company, Asian & Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy & Leadership (AYPAL), and creative projects of ACPA’s Artistic Director, Jay Loyola.

The ACPA Rondalla eventually expanded to providing ongoing Beginner Rondalla Music workshops at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center in 2011. In 2013, they began collaborating with the Filipino Organizations of University of San Francisco and University of California, Davis to provide Rondalla Music Workshop intensives to instruct students how to play the instruments of the Philippine Rondalla for their annual Pilpino Cultural Night presentations.

In just the last few years, the ACPA Rondalla has performed and presented Philippines Rondalla Music at the AT&T Giants Ballpark, Oakland Raiders Coliseum, Golden State Warriors Oracle Arena, University of San Francisco, PISTAHAN Parade & Festival of San Francisco, MA’ARTES Festival of San Francisco, Parol Lantern Festival & Parade of San Francisco, Herbst Theater, San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, Asian Art Museum, and many more community events! ACPA Rondalla has proudly accompanied multiple San Francisco Bay Area dance companies, Parangal Dance Company of San Francisco, Kariktan Dance Company of Concord, and Barangay Dance Company of San Francisco.