With a documentary on a homeless man and a series of webisodes, Orange County activist hopes to spark social change – Orange County Register
Life has been good to Philip Romero.
He calls his 1980s childhood in Southern California “classic middle class.” His father, who worked in the region’s aerospace industry, settled his family in Santa Ana, where Romero was born. They were among the first Latino homeowners in a modest neighborhood where the lawns remain green and basketball hoops dot driveways to this day.
The family later moved to Anaheim, where Romero’s parents still live.
Romero had the further good fortune of a college education after graduating Katella High, earning a business degree in economics from Cal State Fullerton that led to a successful career in commercial real estate and residential properties.
At 51, he lives comfortably with his wife and children in Coto de Caza.
And so, he gives back.
Romero’s personal brand of philanthropy is a mix of art and activism: Through a music and documentary-focused effort called The ISHues Project, he hopes to inspire others to make a difference, however small and for however long it takes to have an impact.
Philip “PM” Romero co-created the ISHues Project, a series of webisodes on ordinary people taking small-scale action for change. Romero, who has been successful in real estate, is pursuing his passion for social action through the self-funded ISHues Project. The project showcases people such as Jason Mercado, of Santa Ana, a formerly homeless man who started his own cookie business, Sweet Mission Cookies. Romero and his crew filmed Mercado at Salvation Army’s Hospitality House in Santa Ana on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Romero also created the documentary “ISHUES,” which chronicles his friendship with Ish Herring, a talented homeless musician he befriended and created a band with. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Philip “PM” Romero stands in front of his childhood home in Santa Ana on Wednesday September 13, 2017. Romero went on to find success in real estate and pursues his passion for social action through the self-funded ISHues Project, a series of webisodes on ordinary people taking small-scale action to improve the lives of their neighbors. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Philip “PM” Romero, left, shakes hands with Benjamin Anozie, right, manager at the Salvation Army’s Hospitality House for homeless men, on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, after filming an ISHues Project webisode. The ISHues Project was co-created by Romero to feature ordinary people taking…