SPLENDOR OF THE EAST. Members of a Chinese dance group performing at this year’s ‘Splendor of the East (SOE)’ are shown in photo during a dress rehearsal held in the Troy Community Center last April 21. SOE, ar fund-raising show of the Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA), will be staged on May 11, 2013 at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. Photo by Percy Antonio
SPLENDOR OF THE EAST. Members of a Chinese dance group performing at this year’s ‘Splendor of the East (SOE)’ are shown in photo during a dress rehearsal held in the Troy Community Center last April 21. SOE, ar fund-raising show of the Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA), will be staged on May 11, 2013 at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. Photo by Percy Antonio

[box type=”default” size=”large”] At least 20 VIPs, dignitaries will grace May 11 show [/box]All systems go for the staging of the “Splendor of the East 2013 (SOE)” in the evening of May 11, 2013 at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn.

“Splendor of the East” is a major cultural show produced yearly by the Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA). This year’s edition subtitled “Crossroads – Cultural Influences” will showcase the blending of “traditional and contemporary arrangements that allow transformation of intriguing cultural influences and history on stage.”

Meanwhile, CAPA President Robert Riparip said that US Senator Debbie Stabenow and at least 20 other VIPs and dignitaries have confirmed their attendance at SOE 2013.

Citing the significance of the show, Riparip said, “SOE is not just a showcase of many performing talents and an exhibit of myriads of cultural numbers. SOE is a genuine reflection of the spirit and values of a group of people representing various communities and embracing a common mission and vision.

“SOE offers to the participants and the audience a chance to share, recognize, appreciate and enjoy the diverse cultural heritage of Asian Pacific Americans. It is a testament to the uniqueness of the Asian Pacific Americans whose diligence and perseverance lead them well to achieving success in every areas of American life. It is a voice of a very diverse community that continues to enrich this country in countless ways.”

Toni Martinez, who is in charge of production, said that as of the last week of April, the more than 100 performers were already winding up their rehearsals, which started last September. She noted that only a few kinks remain to be ironed out.

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She thanked the choreographers and the dancers for their patience, dedication and commitment. Noting the hundreds of hours spent for the rehearsals, she said she is optimistic that this year’s show will be enjoyed by the guests, including the VIPs and dignitaries.

Aside from Senator Stabenow, CAPA President Riparip said, the other VIPs and dignitaries who will be gracing the show include the following:

Dearborn Mayor John O’ Reilly, State Senator Hoon Yong Hopgood, Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner, Consul General of Japan kuninori Matsuda, Vice Consul General of Japan Ryoji Noda, Michigan Democratic Party Treasurer Ramesh Verma,  President/CEO of Isuzu Manufacturing Co. Hidetoshi Mishina, Japan Business Society of Metro Detroit Executive Director Sho Ueda, DTE Principal Account Manager and CAPA Founder Stephanie Beau,  APACC Past President Peter Wong, APACC President Grace Lee, APAAC Executive Director Frances Kai-Hwa-Wang, MAPAAC Chairperson Sook Wilkinson, GM Diversity Initiatives Manager Julie Xiong, Consumers Energy Collaboration Manager and CAPA Advisory Board Chair Jim Clark, Philippine Honorary Consul General Jose and his wife Dr. Stella Evangelista, DTE Director of Strategy and Planning Jenny wang, AT&T Lead Principal Technical Architect Pratish Shah, King and Queen Kandawashika and Sherry Kahari of Zimbabwe, Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, past CAPA presidents Katherine Lee, Marie Weng, Mi Dong, Mumtaz Haque and Arcie Gemino.