Who we are

OUR STORY

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

Our Students Enriched in Education & Dance (SEED) Youth Program participants and Rondalla Ensemble have performed at incredible venues like 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!

In 2019, ACPA celebrated its 10th anniversary with Daloy, a collaborative showcase of Filipinx-American community artists and Philippine-inspired performances by our very own SEED Youth Program, accompanied our Rondalla & Percussion Ensemble. We had the pleasure of working with guest artists Kariktan Dance Company, Parangal Dance Company, Eskabo Daan, Haraya Dance Project, Bryan Pangilinan, and Melinda de Jesus. 

To address the evolving world around us, American Center of Philippine Arts launched ACPA Konnect in June 2020 to continue to nurture and strengthen Philippine-inspired cultural arts, community, and ethnic identity through virtual platforms. 

Here are our 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 Rondalla intensives for Pilipinx organizations across NorCal

  • Community Collaborations – Working with multidisciplinary art organizations and individual artists who share our mission and vision

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