The fifth edition and very first digital version of Perro Berde, the only local cultural magazine written in Spanish, was launched on February 11 at the Henry Sy. Sr. Hall of the De La Salle University. Attending the event were De La Salle University’s president Bro. Ricky Laguda, H.E. Ambassador of Spain to the Philippines Jorge Domecq, and the president of Mapfre Insular Javier Warleta, along with other DLSU officials.
With this issue, Perro Berde wishes to honor the history of Filipino comics from the past few decades up to the present. In line with this focus on komiks and its authors, cartoonist Manix Abrera has specially created a brilliant comic strip for Perro Berde 4 and gave a brief speech in the launch of the fifth edition.
Poets such as Gémino H. Abad and writers such as Angelo R. Delacuesta, among others, graced the launching of the magazine, a publication that can be briefly described as a space for exchange between writers, artists, illustrators, photographers and historians from all over the Philippines, Spain and Latin America.
In Spanish, the expression Perro Berde (literally “green dog”—“perro” being the Spanish word for dog, and “berde” which is the Filipino variation of the Spanish word “verde” for green) is a figurative expression that refers to an “eccentric person.” The phrase not only highlights the ease in which the Spanish and Filipino languages lend themselves to each other, but is also an allusion to the peculiarity of the Philippine literature written in Spanish as it is now perceived.
What started out in 2009 as a pet project of a group of Spanish and Filipino literary enthusiasts who wanted to create an avenue to explore the existing cultural ties between Spain and the Philippines has turned into a full-blown publication released annually by the Embassy of Spain and the Instituto Cervantes de Manila. The publication, which is now on digital format, is made possible by support from its readers within and outside the country, as well as the generous sponsorship of Mapfre Insular Insurance Corporation.