Who Is Mikee Romero?
Michael "Mikee" Romero wears a lot of hats. The House Deputy Speaker and 1-Pacman party-list representative has certainly kept busy. But, outside of business and politics, there's even more to know about the 49-year-old.
Here's everything you need to know about the businessman, politician, and sportsman.
He's the son of construction magnate Reghis Romero II.
Michael "Mikee" Romero was born to Reghis Romero II and Lilibeth Lagman on March 21, 1972. His father owns construction firm R-II Builders Inc. Romero earned his bachelor of arts degree from the De La Salle University. He then completed his master's in business management from the Asian Institute of Management. At 30 years old, he worked in venture capital in Singapore where he structured investment deals and reportedly earned his first P100 million.
Romero is the chairman and president of Globalport 900, Inc.
In 2011, he was appointed chairman and president of Globalport 900, Inc., formerly MIC Holdings Inc., which develops and operates major port facilities in the Philippines including Manila North Harbour and Harbour Centre. MIC Holdings Inc. is a trading company that was previously identified with Antonio "Tonyboy" Cojuangco. It was acquired by the Romero group in 2011 for P175 million.
He became a Deputy House Speaker in 2019.
In addition to business, Romero has entered politics after being named one of the deputy speakers of former House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano. On October 2, 2020, he was replaced by Fredenil Castro as a deputy speaker after the election of Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco as House Speaker. Romero was then reelected on October 14, 2020 to replace Luis Raymund Villafuerte less than two weeks after he was removed.
He is married to Sheila Bermudez-Romero.
Romero married Sheila Bermudez, the daughter of Freddie and Marlyn Bermudez, in 1992. Together, the couple have five children: Milka, Miguel, Mandy, Santi, and Steffan. In 2017, their son Miguel died at the age of 22 years old.
Romero captains the Philippine polo team.
Romero is an avid sportsman. Along with being the captain of the country's polo team, he owns baseball team Manila Sharks and Philippine Basketball Association team GlobalPort Batang Pier. He's also chair of the United Polo Players Association, a local governing body for polo in the Philippines.
In an interview with the Philippine Star, Romero recounted his sports career. "I played in the UAAP Basketball for De La Salle University. I was also a 3-dan black belter in arnis, a national jet ski champion in 2005, and was with the Philippine Trap Shooting team." He continued, "I would play in different polo cups in Pattaya and Bangkok in Thailand, and Chicago and California in the U.S. I also learned by watching the best 10 goal players like Cambiaso and Pierres in several games in London, Dubai, and Argentina."
He even owns a 30-hectare property in Calatagan, Batangas that features a polo field named the Miguel Romero Polo Field. In 2019, the polo field was used as a venue for the Southeast Asian Games.
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