El Diario, the oldest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States, this year will celebrate its 100th anniversary as the voice of Latinos in the Big Apple.

"During these years, we've been the voice of New York Latinos, especially during the times when we didn't have a voice," the paper's publisher, Rossana Rosado, who proposes to take advantage of this anniversary to ensure that non-Hispanic New Yorkers may understand that El Diario is a city "institution," told Efe on Wednesday.

The paper was established in 1913 as La Prensa, a small weekly directed at the time at the city's Spanish community, but it merged a half a century later with El Diario de Nueva York.

"The history of El Diario is not only that of this company, it's the history of Latinos in New York. Every achievement, every one of their struggles, has been documented by our newspaper. Those here and those of other countries," Rosado emphasized.

City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez told Efe that El Diario has played a very important role in the empowerment of Latinos.

"They've always been present in the most important initiatives affecting our community, whether it be pushing the agenda against domestic violence or demanding that minorities have more opportunities in the area of quality education, housing or employment," Rodriguez said.

To mark the anniversary, El Diario has organized an extensive schedule of cultural, journalistic and artistic events, including a photographic exhibition at New York University's King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center.

"Besides the celebration, the important thing for us is for it not to be just a nostalgic review of how we were or where we came from, but for it to stimulate a conversation about where we're going," said Rosado. EFE