[box type=”default” size=”large”] Ambassador Calonge is new consul general in Chicago [/box]
The Consulate General of the Philippines in Chicago announced that Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario has appointed former Consul General in Chicago Leo Herrera-Lim as the new Philippine Consul General in Los Angeles with jurisdiction over Southern California, Southern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
Herrera-Lim departed last April 17 for LA to assume his new post. He had served as Consul General in Chicago since May 2010.
Before departing, Herrera-Lim expressed “thanks to all gracious and kind-hearted Filipinos and Filipino-Americans.” He said, “I am very much inspired by the success of our efforts and partnerships in Chicago and the US Midwest towards increasing the awareness and respect for our people and our community. I look forward to the bigger responsibilities that await me in Los Angeles.”
The Consulate General in Chicago also announced that Foreign Affairs Secretary Del Rosario has appointed Generoso D.G. Calonge, the current ambassador of the Philippines to Israel, as the replacement of Herrera-Lim in the consulate in the Windy City.
Ambassador Calonge is a career diplomat whose career in the foreign service spans almost three decades. He has served in Philippine diplomatic missions in Washington DC, Moscow, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Saipan in various capacities, as well as in the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Office of the Undersecretary for Policy, Office of the Undersecretary for International Economic Relations, Office of the Undersecretary for Special Concerns, Office of Legal Affairs, Office of Intelligence and Security Services, Office of Middle East and African Affairs, and Office of Asia and Pacific Affairs.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines in 1976, completed his degree in Law from the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 1985, and finished his Master of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1988.
Ambassador Calonge also attended Officer Cadet School of the Australian Army as a Military Science scholar from 1978-1979 under the Philippines-Australia Defense Cooperation Program.
Ambassador Calonge is married to Atty. Gloria Salazar Calonge, and the couple has three children — namely Golda, Nikki and Joshua Benedict.