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Passport application in our Vancouver office or in any of our Consular Outreach Programs is always in person & by appointment only.


The Philippine Consulate in Vancouver was initially established in May 1956 with Consul Gautier F. Bisnar as Head of Post.  It was upgraded to a Consulate General on 24 August 1962.  Hon. Francisco O. Oira served as the first Consul General from 17 December 1962 until 03 August 1968.

Consul General Oira was succeeded by the following Consuls General:

Hon. Gautier F. Bisnar02 December 1968 - May 1971
Hon. Jose Teodoro, Jr.01 June 1971-04 July 1975
Hon. Vicente Romero07 January 1976-15 August 1984
Hon. Rufino Martinez18 July 1988-May 1990
Hon. Eufronia M. Recaido07 May 1990-June 1992
Hon. Lourdes G. Morales24 June 1992-02 July 1998
Hon. Zenaida T. Rabago18 July 1999-21 August 2005
Hon. Minerva Jean A. Falcon15 October 2005-10 March 2007
Hon. Ruth Morales Prado24 June 2007-2010
Hon. Jose A.P. Ampeso16 June 2011-30 September 2013
Hon. Neil Frank R. Ferrer09 October 2013-Present


Presently, the Consulate General's officers are:

Consul General Neil Frank R. Ferrer

Consul General Ferrer is a career diplomat of the Republic of the Philippines, who has served in various capacities at the Embassy of the Philippines ​in Beijing, London and Ottawa, respectively.


He has extensive experience in multilateral work, having served as Alternate Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London and to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal.


Mr. Ferrer was former Chairman of the Maritime Safety Committee, the senior technical body of the IMO.


He was also the President of the 2010 IMO Diplomatic Conference of Parties to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers.


Mr. Ferrer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of the Philippines and has completed the course work of the Master of Science in Economics from De La Salle University in the Philippines.


He obtained a Master of Arts in International Boundaries, with Distinction, from the University of Durham in the United Kingdom.


Consul General Ferrer is recipient of the Gawad Mabini award with the rank of Dakilang Kamanong (Grand Cross) conferred by the President of the Republic of the Philippines in 2010.


​He is married to Miriam Manaog and they have four children.



Consul Anthony Achilles L. Mandap

Consul Anthony Mandap is a writer, lawyer and a career diplomat with more than 26 years of government experience. He is currently designated Deputy Consul General at the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver, B.C.

Before his assignment in Vancouver, he had been posted as Vice Consul, then Consul, at the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco, and later as Second Secretary and Consul at the Philippine Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela.

He started his career as a sports and news writer at the Filipino newspaper Malaya, then at the now-defunct Times Journal. He then moved to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), a government agency where he rose thru the ranks while specializing in development information, public and media relations. While working at NEDA, he pursued law studies and eventually passed the Bar examinations given in 1994. In 2000, he started his career as a diplomat, after passing the highly competitive Foreign Service Examinations.

A proud product of the Philippine public school system, Consul Mandap obtained his degrees in Journalism and Law at the University of the Philippines.

He is married to Mrs. Mary Ann Reyes-Mandap, with whom he has three (3) children—Aaron Kyle, Angelica Clare, and Anthea Mae.



Consul Melanie B. Diano

Consul Melanie Diano is the Officer-in-charge for the Authentication Section of the Philippine Consulate General. She also handles Civil Registry, Cultural, Tourism, Filcom relations and Overseas Absentee Voting matters.

Consul Diano assumed Post in Vancouver on 29 September 2008. She was previously assigned to the Department of Foreign Affairs as Principal Assistant at the United States Division of the Office of American Affairs (2005-2008) and as a Country Assistant at the Southeast Asia Division of the Office of Asia and Pacific Affairs (2003-2004) and Consular Assistant at the Office of Consular Affairs (2002-2003).

A lawyer by profession, Consul Diano graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in BA Social Sciences major in Behavioral Studies.


She is married to Mr. Stephen Diano and they have two children.

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