The Consulate aims aims to foster close and mutually beneficial relations between the Philippines and the Midwest region of the US.

BW Community Partner Spotlight: Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago

The Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago, which is located in 30 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60602 and was established in 1948, aims to foster close and mutually beneficial relations between the Philippines and the Midwest region of the United States, particularly in the fields of trade, investments, tourism, culture and people-to-people relations.  The Consulate also services the consular requirements of the growing Filipino community, extends assistance to nationals in distress, and conducts regular outreach programs to the 14 States under its jurisdiction.

These 14 States under the Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago’s jurisdiction are:

Arkansas                                          Mississippi

Illinois                                                Missouri

Indiana                                              Nebraska

Iowa                                                  North Dakota

Kansas                                              Ohio

Louisiana                                           Oklahoma

Michigan                                            South Dakota

Minnesota                                          Wisconsin

The Consulate have features on their consular services, trade and investment opportunities and tourism destinations to visit in the Philippines. Passport and visa, among others, may be downloaded, thus making the application process easier. They also have links to the websites of various Philippine Missions abroad, Philippine Government agencies, business chambers and leading newspapers.

The Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago is headed by the following officers:

Consul General

Orontes V. Castro
Deputy Consul General

Alena Grace S. Borra
Vice Consul

Vernie V. Morales
Tourism Representative

Glenn G. Peñaranda
Trade Representative

About Consul General Leo M. Herrera-Lim:

 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, U.S. 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 General at the Philippine Embassy in London from 2000 to 2007 dealing with government, international organizations and the private sector.

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

In the Philippines, he previously served in the Department of Foreign Affairs in various capacities, such as Special Assistant in the Office of the Undersecretary for Policy (OUP) and in 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, the Philippine Senate with office of Senator Edgardo Angara and the Regional Trial Court of Bulacan.

He has an extensive experience working with foreign governments, international organizations 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.        


For more information about the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago:
Tel. No. (312) 332-7685
Fax No. (312) 332-3657