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History of the Philippine Consulate General, New York

The Philippine Consulate General New York was opened in 1946 in recognition of the importance of New York and the mid-Atlantic regions of the US, for the development of Philippine-US relations, as regards trade, finance, science, education and cultural exchange. The growing Filipino expatriate community in the northeast and the need to provide services and assistance, also underlined the urgent need to open a Philippine Consulate in New York, just months after the Republic of the Philippines gained independence and raised its flag as a free country.

The first office of the Philippine Consulate General was located at 40 Exchange Place, in Wall Street, and was opened by the first Philippine Consul General in New York, the Honorable Jose P. Melencio, who served in that position from 1946-1951.

 

 

 

In 1951, the Consulate General transferred to an office in 640 Fifth Avenue, under the leadership of Honorable Emilio Abello, Consul General 1951-53. He was succeeded by the Honorable Leopoldo Ruiz, Acting Consul General until 1953, who was followed by the Honorable Urbano Zafra, also Acting Consul General until 1954; and the Honorable Alejandro Galang, Acting Principal Officer, 1954-55.

 

In 1955, the Philippine Consulate General New York relocated to an office in the 76th floor of the Empire State Building. At one time hailed as the Tallest Building in the World, it was under the leadership of the Honorable Raul Leuterio, Consul General from 1955-62, that the office of the Philippine Consulate General was moved to this landmark building. There it remained until 1962, when the Department of Foreign Affairs purchased the Kevorkian property on 13-15 E66 St.

 

 

The property, located in the residential section with foreign missions and consulates nearby, was already an office-residence at the time of purchase. It was partially reconfigured to house the office of the Philippine Consulate General in the lower level, with access on 15 E66 Street, and the office of the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in the upper floors accessed from 13 E 66 street.

The Honorable Bartolome Umayam served as Consul General from 1962-67; the Honorable Alejandro Holigores, Consul General 1967-69; and the Honorable Pacifico Evangelista, Acting Principal Officer 1969-70. In 1970, the Honorable Ernesto C. Pineda assumed office as Consul General. Both the Mission and the Consulate remained in this location until 1974. (NOTE: From 1980-86, the property served as the residence for the Marcos family. After the 1986 People Power revolution, it was restored to the DFA. In 2007, repairs and restoration work was completed and the building now serves as the Official Residence of the Consul General and the Official Residence of the Permanent Representative to the UN.)


In 1974 the Philippine Center was opened. Despite protests from architectural preservationists, the façade of the property had been redesigned by Architect Augusto Camacho in the austere “Maharlika” style typical of the government buildings during the Marcos Administration. Pre-fabricated cement slabs covered the classical 1912 design of Carrere & Hastings, the architects of the Frick Museum and the NY Public Library. The trio of roman arched doorways were replaced by two simple adobe rectangular openings and a main entrance topped by a timber-gable reminiscent of the Maranao panolong. (NOTE: In the 1990’s the pre-fabricated slabs were removed, revealing the original 1912 façade from the second floor upwards.)

All the offices of the Philippine government, the Consulate General, the Mission to the UN, the Department of Trade and the Department of Tourism were relocated to this location, where they remain to this day.

The Honorable Ernesto C. Pineda served as Consul General until 1986. He was succeeded by the Honorable Francisco E. Rodrigo, Jr., who served as Consul General until 1988, followed in June 1988 by the Honorable Hermenigildo Garcia who remained at Post until July 1990. In February 1991, Honorable Rodolfo Arizala was assigned as Consul General, serving until the June 1992.

In September 1993, the jurisdiction of the Philippine Consulate General New York was enlarged by the closure of the Philippine Consulate General in Houston, Texas. In addition to the Northeastern states, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Oklahoma were added to the Post’s responsibility.

On 16 July 1994, Honorable Romeo Arguelles assumed his position as Consul General. He served in his position until October 1996. On 24 January 1997, Honorable Willy Gaa, assumed his position as Consul General, where he remained until 1999.

On 16 July 1994, Honorable Romeo Arguelles assumed his position as Consul General. He served in his position until October 1996. On 24 January 1997, Honorable Willy Gaa, assumed his position as Consul General, where he remained until 1999.

On 16 April 1999 the Honorable Linglingay F. Lacanlale assumed her position as Consul General and served in that capacity until 15 November 2003. During her tenure, consular jurisdiction over the states of Louisiana and Oklahoma were transferred to the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago, leaving the following states within the jurisdiction of the Consulate General in New York: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

On 25 November 2003, the Honorable Cecilia B. Rebong, assumed her position as Consul General and served in that capacity until 28 February 2011.

On 1 March 2011, our current Consul General, the Honorable Mario Lopez de Leon, Jr., assumed his position as Head of Post.

The Philippine Consulate General New York and our 25 staff and officers attend to a daily average of 150 separate walk-in transactions for Passport, Visa and Legal services, and over 250 calls, messages, letters and emails. The Assistance to Nationals Section monitors and attends to hundreds of legal cases involving Filipinos in distress. Our mobile team coordinates with partner organizations in the States within our jurisdiction where the community has achieved a significant density, to provide services during the weekends, twice a month between spring and fall. While the Cultural-Community section provides assistance to, and works in close concert with, over 300 registered community organizations throughout the year.

As the Filipino community grows and expands, our efforts to provide services to the approximately 500,000 Filipinos and Filipino Americans in the Northeast US continues to develop and evolve. We look forward aiding in the steady progression of the Filipino community and the promotion and protection of Philippine interests in the United States.

Mission — The Philippine Consulate General New York serves the consular needs of the Filipino community in the Northeast USA, numbering about 300,000 and growing. By law, regulation and treaty, the Consulate General serves as an adjunct of the Philippine Government in the overall task of promoting and protecting the national interests of the Philippines and its citizens, implementing foreign policy within its jurisdiction.

Services — In contrast to the Embassy, the Consulate General focuses on issuance of passports and visas, civil registration, notarials and other legal services, assistance to nationals, economic diplomacy, cultural promotion and fostering good relations with the growing Filipino-American community. In accordance with the Country-Team approach, the Consulate General also coordinates with the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (Department of Trade and Industry) and the Office of the Department of Tourism in New York, to achieve the overall goal of protecting and promoting the interests of the Philippine Government and its people.

Functions — Consulate General has the following functions:

Jurisdiction — The Philippine Consulate General in New York provides services and assistance to Filipino nationals residing in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Organization

Address and Directions to the Consulate — The Philippine Consulate General New York is located at 556 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10036 (between 45th and 46th streets).

The closest subway options are: 47-50th st. Rockefeller Center on the Orange Line; Grand Central Station on the Green Line

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Consul General

MARIO LOPEZ DE LEON
Consul General of the Republic of the Philippines
in New York

On 1 March 2011, the Hon. Mario Lopez de Leon, Jr. assumed his Post as the new Consul General of the Philippine Consulate General New York, with consular jurisdiction over Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The incoming Consul General most recently served as the Philippine Ambassador to South Africa.  His previous assignment include serving as: Minister and Consul General, Philippine Embassy, London, United Kingdom (March 2000 - December 2006); Consul and Member, Investment Promotions Unit, Philippine Consulate General, New York (June 1993 - January 1997); Third Secretary then Second Secretary, Philippine Mission to the United Nations, New York (August 1990 - May 1993); Vice Consul, Philippine Consulate General, San Francisco (August 1989 - July 1990).

At the Department of Foreign Affairs, he has served as the Chief Coordinator of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs (September 2008 - January 2010) and Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Fiscal Management (June 2009 - January 2010).  He was also Senior Special Assistant to the Undersecretary for Administration (January 2007 - August 2008), where he was directly involved in the establishment of the Internal Audit Services.  His other Home Office assignments were as follows:  Special Assistant, Office of the Secretary and Director, CORATEL/Management Information Systems Division (September 1997 - February 2000) and Director, Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations (December 1986 - July 1989).

A career foreign service officer, the Consul General de Leon has extensive experience in multilateral diplomacy and bilateral relations.  He was a member of the Philippine Delegation and Adviser to the President of the successful May 2010 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).  He was a member of the Philippine Delegation to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) Conference in New York in September 2009.  He participated in various capacities in several international conferences such as the UN General Assembly in New York; the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Assembly in London, United Kingdom; Substantive Sessions of the United Nations Disarmament Commission in New York; the UN ESCAP Sessions in Bangkok; as well as in Working Groups of ASEAN and APEC in the field of information technology.

Ambassador de Leon graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology (Honorable Mention) from the Ateneo de Manila University (1974).  He also attended the Ateneo School of Business where he pursued his MBA (units).

He is married to Eleanor de Leon and has four daughters:  Ana Karisma, Anna Korinna, Khristine Mae and Joyce Kathleen and an only son Josef Kriyan who passed away in 2006.


OFFICERS AND STAFF OF THE
PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL IN NEW YORK



Mario Lopez de Leon
Consul General

Consul General Mario Lopez de Leon, Jr.  is a career foreign service officer and has extensive experience in multilateral diplomacy and bilateral relations.  He was a member of the Philippine Delegation and Adviser to the President of the successful May 2010 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).  He was a member of the Philippine Delegation to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) Conference in New York in September 2009.  He participated in various capacities in several international conferences such as the UN General Assembly in New York; the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Assembly in London, United Kingdom; Substantive Sessions of the United Nations Disarmament Commission in New York; the UN ESCAP Sessions in Bangkok; as well as in Working Groups of ASEAN and APEC in the field of information technology.

The Consul General most recently served as the Philippine Ambassador to South Africa.  His previous assignment include serving as: Minister and Consul General, Philippine Embassy, London, United Kingdom (March 2000 - December 2006); Consul and Member, Investment Promotions Unit, Philippine Consulate General, New York (June 1993 - January 1997); Third Secretary then Second Secretary, Philippine Mission to the United Nations, New York (August 1990 - May 1993); Vice Consul, Philippine Consulate General, San Francisco (August 1989 - July 1990).

At the Department of Foreign Affairs, he has served as the Chief Coordinator of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs (September 2008 - January 2010) and Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Fiscal Management (June 2009 - January 2010).  He was also Senior Special Assistant to the Undersecretary for Administration (January 2007 - August 2008), where he was directly involved in the establishment of the Internal Audit Services.  His other Home Office assignments were as follows:  Special Assistant, Office of the Secretary and Director, CORATEL/Management Information Systems Division (September 1997 - February 2000) and Director, Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations (December 1986 - July 1989).

Ambassador de Leon graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology (Honorable Mention) from the Ateneo de Manila University (1974).  He also attended the Ateneo School of Business where he pursued his MBA (units).

He is married to Eleanor de Leon and has four daughters:  Ana Karisma, Anna Korinna, Khristine Mae and Joyce Kathleen and an only son Josef Kriyan who passed away in 2006.




Melita Sta. Maria-Thomeczek
Deputy Consul General

Deputy Consul General Melita Sta. Maria Thomeczek is a career diplomat who presently holds the rank of Career Minister. She entered the Foreign Service in August 1991 after passing the Foreign Service examinations in 1990.

From 1991 — 1995, she served as the head of the Personnel Management Division of the Department with concurrent position as Assistant to the Board of Foreign Service Examinations. From 1995 – 2001, she served as Consul and First Secretary at the Philippine Embassy in Bonn, Germany. When the Embassy moved to Berlin in 2000, she became the Officer-In-Charge of the Embassy Extension Office in Bonn until her recall to Manila in 2001. Back in Manila, she was a Director in the Office of European Affairs and later Executive Director in the Office of American Affairs until her posting to New York in 2004. Mrs. Sta.Maria-Thomeczek speaks fluent German.



Zaldy Patron
Consul
Head of Economic, Political, and Visa Sections

Consul Zaldy B. Patron joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1996 and currently holds the rank of Foreign Service Officer Class I. Prior to his assignment at the Philippine Consulate General New York in September 2008, he served as Director of the Office of ASEAN Affairs in Manila. He was also assigned as Second Secretary and Consul at the Philippine Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil from 2002 to 2005 and as Third Secretary and Vice Consul at the Philippine Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia from 1999 to 2002.

From 1996 to 1999, he held various positions in the DFA's Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers' Affairs, Office of Asia and Pacific Affairs, Office of Protocol, and Office of Policy Planning and Coordination.

Consul Patron was conferred the Gawad Mabini (Rank of Dakilang Kasugo) Award in August 2007 for his performance in the Philippine hosting of the 40th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and Related Meetings in Manila.

Consul Patron graduated from the University of the Philippines Los Baños with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Economics and earned his Master in Business Administration degree from the Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Business.



Leandro B. Lachica
Consul
Head of Dual Citizenship, Legal, and Assistance-to-Nationals Sections

Consul Leandro Lachica holds the rank of Foreign Service Officer, Class II. Prior to joining the Foreign Service in 2000, Consul Lachica practiced law at Manalo, Puno, Jocson and Placido Law Offices in Makati and Alabang. He transferred to the Philippine Consulate General New York in 2006 after serving two years at the Philippine Embassy in Canberra. He is admitted as a lawyer in the Philippines, New York, and at New South Wales. He finished his Master of Business Administration in Singapore.



Maria Elena Cristina D. Maningat
Vice Consul
Head of Passport and Information Sections

Vice Consul Elena Maningat holds the rank of Foreign Service Officer, Class III. Graduating with a BS Architecture degree from UP Diliman in 1997, she received her license in 1999 and practiced as an architect until she joined the DFA in 2003 as FSO, Class IV. She served concurrently as Principal Assistant and Acting Director for two divisions at the Office of Personnel and Administrative Services and as a member of the Technical Working Group of the Properties Committee under the Office of the Undersecretary for Administration from 2003 to 2006. She joined the Philippine Consulate General New York in July 2006.



Mr. Eugennio C. Elevado, Jr. Trade Representative
Trade Representative

Trade Representative Eugenio "Buster" C. Elevado assumed his post at the Philippine Trade and Investment Center - New York in March 2009, his third foreign assignment following his successful completion of his previous assignments as Commercial Attache to the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo (from February 2003 - June 2007) and to the Philippine Embassy Tel Aviv (November 1993 - June 2002). A product of the University of the Philippines through and through, Mr. Elevado has long been a public servant, joining the Presidential Management Staff before entering the Department of Trade and Industry then the Department of Agriculture before entering the DTI-Foreign Trade Service Officers Corps in 1991.



Emma Ruth Yulo-Kitiyakara
Tourism Representative

Emma Ruth Yulo resumed as Director of the Philippine Department of Tourism, New York in 2003. She held the same position from 1991 - 1999, after having topped the exams for tourism attaches.

She was awarded "life member" (for outstanding chairmanship) of the Pacific Asia Travel Association, New York Chapter, (1 of 5 since its founding in 1952). She was the first Asian to be elected Chairperson of the Chapter, serving five terms from 1994 to date. She was also one of 2 representing 33 chapters of the Americas in PATA's Industry Council (1996-1999). She currently sits on the Executive Board of NYPATA and is an allied member of both ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) and DEMA (Diving Equipment Marketing Association).

Before her stint in New York, she was Trade Representative in Los Angeles, London, Paris and Brussels. Emma Ruth holds a Master's Degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California; a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines; a French Language and Civilization Certificate from Sorbonne, Paris; a Certificate of Achievement in the Promotions and Marketing of Tourism from the World Trade Institute, New York; among many other conferences attended and certificates earned. Before joining the Philippine Government, she did weekly promos at ABS-CBN for 7 years while still at school.

Directory and Contact Information

Mail

To write a letter the address of the Philippine Consulate General in New York in Official United States Postal Service format is (no punctuation):

PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL
556 5TH AVE
NEW YORK NY 10036-5095

(For faster service, indicate specific office where mail is headed, e.g. ATTN: Passport, Visa or Legal. Also, please write down your telephone number in your communications.)

Email

Before sending us an email, try our Frequently Asked Questions (Passport FAQs, Visa FAQs, Legal FAQs) first. The answer to your question might already be there. Also, please browse our page on advisory/updates for recent policy directives related to visas, travel, taxes, balikbayans, etc.

If you do not see answers to your specific questions in the above sections, you can send an email to the Consulate General at (copy-paste email address to your email program) :

General Queries newyork@pcgny.net
Cultural/Community section communityevents@pcgny.net
Passport section passport@pcgny.net/passportpcgny@yahoo.com
Visa section visa@pcgny.net
Legal section legal@pcgny.net
Political and Economic issues political-economic@pcgny.net
Press/Information section press@pcgny.net
Administrative matters admin@pcgny.net

Consulate Directory

You can reach our office at

Telephone (trunkline): (212) 764-1330

Fax: (212) 764-6010

List of the Offices at the Consulate with their extension numbers:

Offices At The Consulate General

Office of the Consul General Ext. 308
Office of the Deputy Consul General Ext. 336
Passport Section Ext. 323, 325
Visa Section Ext. 322
Economic and Political Sections Ext. 603
Legal Section Ext. 604
Assistance to Nationals Ext. 604, 602
Library/Cultural Affairs Ext. 310

List of the Offices at the Philippine Center:

Other Offices At The Philippine Center

Philippine Mission to the United Nations
Ambassador Hilario Davide
(212) 764-1300
4th and 5th Floor
Philippine Center Management Board
philcenterny@aol.com
(212) 575-4774
Ground Floor
Department of Trade and Industry
Philippine Trade and Investment Center
Mr. Eugene Elevado
(212) 575-7925
1st Floor Mezzanine (1M)
Department of Tourism
Office of the Tourism Representative
Ms. Emma Ruth Yulo Kitiyakara
(212) 575-7915
1st Floor Mezzanine

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