AFTA Volunteer Teachers led by its President Roxanne Cajigas, Ph.D. (2nd from right) with Consul General Theresa Dizon-de Vega (center).  (Photos by NYPCG)

The pioneering “Paaralan sa Konsulado:” (PSK) program of the Philippine Consulate General in New York undertaken in cooperation with the Association of Filipino-American Teachers in America (AFTA) kicked off its 19th year at the Philippine Center-New York on June 24, 2017.

For nearly two decades the PSK has been offering introductory courses on Philippine history, geography, culture, performing arts, language, games, civics, basic social graces, and other informative sessions for young Filipinos and Filipino-Americans ages 6-16 years old.

For five Saturdays every summer, volunteer teachers from the AFTA along with special resource persons such as Filipino scholars, artists and chefs conduct sessions for the next generation of Filipinos and Fil-Ams on Philippine heritage.

The PSK ends with a culminating program participated in by all the program enrollees.


AFTA Teachers with the group 1 students get ready for the day’s lesson.

As a flagship program of the Consulate General, this program aims to keep young overseas Filipinos connected to their Philippine heritage.

Many previous PSK graduates have gone on to be active members of the Fil-Am Community in the U.S. Northeast.

The AFTA Team is led by its current President Roxanne Cajigas, Ph.D.

This year the PSK will include a bi-lingual story-telling session conducted by Consul General Theresa Dizon-de Vega.


Teacher Ramil Buenaventura teaching Philippine geography to PSK participants.