6. Consulate General of the Republic of the Philippines
The Consulate-General of the Republic of the Philippines is housed inside the Philippines Center on 556 Fifth Avenue, north of the New York Public Library in Midtown. The building was purchased by the Philippine Government from the Knights of Columbus, a large Catholic fraternal organization in 1973, and at the cost of $2,250,000. Despite its rather ordinary exterior, the Kalayaan Hall (Freedom Hall), the main reception hall, features a giant sculptural chandelier, giving the space a golden glow. The center also houses an art exhibit area showcasing Filipino designs.