VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHT

Myrna Abrian

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Myrna Abrian moved to Livermore and became a member of the Livermore Filipino-American
Organization in 2015. Prior to this, Myrna was a Principal dancer with the Filipiniana Dance Troup led by Bernardo Pedere. Fortunately for the Filipino-Americans in Livermore, Myrna started the Livermore Fil-Am Cultural Dancers in partnership with the Livermore Fil-Am officers & members. She has been teaching the Philippine folk dances such as the Kakawati (Bulaklakan), Payong, Subli, Jotabal, Kzaduratan, Tinikling, Janggay, and many others. These folk dances are performed at the Livermore Fil- Am sponsored events such as the Filipiniana, Flores de Mayo, Filipino Barrio Fiesta, St. Michael’s Festival, and other events throughout the East Bay and Stockton. Myrna has been a wonderful and patient choreographer, teacher, mentor, and friend. Through her efforts, the dance program not only provides Philippine dance instruction but also an educational forum on Philippine culture to the Livermore Fil-Am members and the wider Livermore community who may have never visited the Philippines. Myrna has helped the Livermore Filipino-American Organization become more visible and relevant. Maraming—maraming salamat po, Ate Myrna!