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About the Office

The consular mission in Chicago was established as a Consulate in 1948 with offices at 201 North Wells Street in the downtown area. After a number of years, the Consulate transferred to 6 North Michigan Avenue along Chicago’s prestigious Magnificent Mile. In November 1978, the Consulate leased the entire 21st floor of the 30 N. Michigan Building.

                                        The Consulate General covers 16 Midwestern states which traditionally comprise both the industrial and agricultural heartland of America. The states are Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.

Photo of the Building located at 122 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, where the Philippine Consulate General is presently located.



Following is the list of Consuls General/Principal Offices who served the Consulate since it's establishment.

Name of Head of Post Inclusive Dates / Years of Service at Post
Dr. Leopoldo T. Ruiz January 1949 – 1953
Sofronio V. Abrera 1954 – May 1959
Generoso P. Provido June 1962 – April 1971
Tomas Padilla May 1971 – February 1972
Etta C. Enriquez March 1972 – April 1973
Pablo R. Suarez, Jr. May 1973 – August 1975
Rodolfo S. Sanchez July 1976 – September 1984
Eleuterio E. Espinas October 1985 – February 1989
Mario C. Belisario February 1989 – August 1990
Jaime S. Bautista August 1990 – July 1993
Diosdado R. Orocio Jr. July 1993 – August 1994
Ma. Rowena Mendoza-Sanchez
(Acting Head of Post)
August 6, 1994 - December 4, 1994
Honorio T. Cagampan December 5, 1994 – August 18, 1997
Emelinda Lee-Pineda August 1997 - August 2003
Blesila C. Cabrera January 2004 – April 2010
Leo Herrera-Lim April 2010 – present



Leo Herrera-Lim is a career diplomat. Prior to his posting in Chicago, he has represented the Philippines in the United States as Second Secretary and Consul at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. from 1991 to 1998 and had frequent interaction with the World Bank Group, Intelsat, US Department of State and U.S. Treasury and in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as First Secretary and Consul and later Minister and Consul at the Philippine Embassy in London from 2000 to 2007 dealing with government, international organisations and the private sector.

He studied economics and law at the University of the Philippines.

In the home office, he served in the Office of the Undersecretary for Policy (OUP), the Office of the Undersecretary for Administration (OUA) and in the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) as Director of the U.S. Division and Assistant Director of Treaties Division.

He has an extensive experience working with foreign governments, international organisations and financial institutions. He was intricately involved in the crafting and formulation of Government policies and positions on bilateral, multilateral and special issues. He is also a member of Philippine delegations to the United Nations (UN), Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and treaty negotiations. He attended trainings, seminars and programs at the Foreign Service Institute in Manila, the United States, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Italy.

Consul General Herrera-Lim comes from Manila, is married to Fidelis Cariño and father to Leonardo Ignatius and Frances Leanne.

Office Phone/Extension Number
Philippine Consulate General 
122 South Michigan Avenue
Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603
Trunkline: (312) 583-0621
Fax: (312) 583-0647
Office of the Consul General Extension 17
Consular Section (Passport, Visa and Notarials) Extension 12, 13 & 16
Administrative Officer Extension 19
Cultural Officer Extension 22
Dual Citizenship Section Extension 11  
Assistance to Nationals Section Extension 21
Records & Communications Section Extension 24
Tourism Promotion Office
30 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 913
Chicago, IL 60602
Tel. 312-782-2475 / 1-888-259-7838
Fax: 312-782-2476
Philippine Trade and Investment Center
30 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 1217
Chicago, IL 60602
Tel. 312-345-9030
Fax: 312-345-9031



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