Philly Block Project

Jose Serano, Seranading South Kensington

“That’s how my dad dressed. He used to go ‘pajariando’ [door to door], singing rancheros in the neighborhood with his guitar.”

Marilyn Cruz’s colorful stories about her father Jose Serano piqued our interest as much as her photos did. All we knew was that we couldn’t get enough of either. Along with sharing this image, taken by her mother Maria, Marilyn was eager to oblige with memories of this family man- some funny, some downright heartwarming.

“He is a remarkable man. He put 3 kids through college,” she tells us.

We may not know Jose, but if you ask us, his strength and sense of humor are as unmistakable as his personal style.