Alborada (telenovela)

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El Amanecer del Amor
Lucero, Fernando Colunga and Valentino Lanús
Format Telenovela, Drama, Romance
Created by María Zarattini
Directed by Monica Miguel
Sergio Quintero
Starring Lucero
Fernando Colunga
Daniela Romo
Arturo Peniche
Ernesto Laguardia
Irán Castillo
Valentino Lanus
Opening theme "Alborada" by Plácido Domingo
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 90
Producer(s) Carla Estrada
Running time 45 minutes
Original channel Televisa
Picture format 480i SDTV
Original run October 24, 2005 – February 24, 2006
Preceded by La esposa virgen
Followed by La Verdad Oculta

Alborada (The Dawning) is a telenovela made by the Mexican TV network Televisa. It is an historical drama, set in colonial Panama and Mexico a few years before Mexican Independence from Spain. The series was broadcast from December 2005 to April 2006 on Univision in the United States.


Hipólita Díaz is a young woman who lives in Panama with her husband, Antonio, and her mother-in-law, Adelaida. Antonio suffered from sexual abuses when he was a child, so he isn’t able to consummate his marriage. Adelaida wants to have a grandchild, as Antonio will not inherit the fortune of his uncle, Próspero, unless he sires a son. Luis Manrique y Arellano is a noble Mexican who came to Santa Rita to close a deal under orders from his cousin Diego, the Count of Guevara, without knowing that the trip was a pretext to have him killed. When Luis is captured by Adelaida's servants while fleeing from justice, she orders him to take Antonio's place in Hipólita's bed, or she'll turn him over to the authorities. So Luis goes to Hipólita's bedroom, intending to escape from a window. It's very dark, she awakes upon hearing him try to escape, she doesn’t see him very well and she believes he is her husband. He makes love to her to keep her quiet, and then makes good his escape. But before he leaves, Hipólita discovers that this man isn’t her husband, but an escaped prisoner. Luis departs, without Hipólita seeing his face or knowing his name – but Luis knows hers. She is furious with her mother-in-law for what she has done, but she can’t change what happened.

Some weeks later, Hipólta finds out that she is pregnant with Luis's child, so she decides to leave home with her maid, Adalgisa, and go to Mexico, where her family lives. There, she has her child, Rafael, and finds her mother and her sister, but they aren’t very thrilled to see her. Hipólita was Asunción's illegitimate daughter, so she sent the girl to Panama to be raised by her grandmother, so that no one in Mexico could know that she had a daughter outside of wedlock. When Hipólita arrives in Mexico, she has to fight against her stepfather's hate and her mother's desperation when she finds out that there's another bastard in the family.

Luis also lives in Mexico: he is a rich man, cousin of the count of Guevara, and there is much mystery about his relationship with his mother, Juana, who appears to hate her own son and support the count against him at every turn. Hipólita and Luis meet again and, although she doesn’t recognize him, he recognizes her and he suspects that the child that Hipólita has with her is also his son. They don’t get on very well initially, but later, they fall in love with each other. Luis feels that he has to tell her that he is her son's father, but he can’t do this, because if he did, Hipólita would hate him. The eventual recognition of Rafael as Luis's son, the reason why Luis's mother detests him, and the plots of the Count of Guevara against Luis are played out against the background of Luis's and Hipólita's attempts to be together.


Main cast[edit]

  • Lucero as María Hipólita Díaz de Guzmán, main heroine, Rafael's mother, in love with Luis, but married to Antonio de Guzmán, later marries Luis, after Antonio's death
  • Fernando Colunga as Luis Manrique y Arellano, main hero, the real Conde de Guevara, Rafael's biological father, in love with María Hipólita, married to Esperanza,later marries to Maria Hipolita
  • Daniela Romo as Doña Juana Arellano Viuda De Manrique, main female antagonist, Luis's "mother", and biological mother of Diego Arellano.
  • Arturo Peniche as Antonio de Guzmán, María Hipolita husband, in love with Perla
  • Ernesto Laguardia as Cristóbal de Lara, Catalina's husband and Luis's best friend
  • Irán Castillo as Catalina Escobar y Díaz, María Hipólita's sister, Cristobal's wife.
  • Valentino Lanus as Martin Alvarado, co-protagonist, in love with María Hípolita
  • Luis Roberto Guzmán as Diego Arellano, Conde de Guevara, main male antagonist, Luis's cousin, son of Doña Juana.

Supporting cast[edit]

  • Mariana Karr as Isabel Manrique De Leiba, Luis and Diego`s aunt, sister-in-law with Doña Juana, friend with María Hipólita, Marina`s protector.
  • Alejandro Tommasi as Felipe Alvarado, Martin's father – Luis's advisee.
  • Manuel Ojeda as Don Francisco Escobar, villain, María Hipólita's stepfather, Andres and Catalina's father.
  • Olivia Bucio as Asunción Díaz Montero de Escobar, María Hipólita's mother, and wife of Don Francisco Escobar
  • Vanessa Guzmán as Perla, villain, in love with Luis, later Antonio, hates Maria Hipolita, prostituite.
  • Mariana Garza as Esperanza de Corsa de Manrique, wife of Luis, half-sister of Maria Hipolita
  • Sherlyn as Marina Valdez, in love with Andres.
  • Monica Miguel as Modesta, Doña Juana's confident.
  • Zully Montero as Adelaida de Guzman, Antonio's mother and Maria Hipolita's mother-in-law .
  • Gilberto de Anda as Gasca
  • Beatriz Moreno as Adalgisa Sanchez, María Hipolita's nanny and best friend
  • José Luis Reséndez as Andrés Escobar, in love with Marina.
  • María Rojo as Victoria Mansera de Oviedo, biological mother of Marina .
  • Magda Guzmán as Sara de Oviedo "La Poderosa", Victoria`s mother, Marina`s grandmother.
  • Marcelo Córdoba as Marcos Lopez, friend of Luis and Felipe
  • Lucero Lander as Sor Teresa de Lara, Cristobal's sister.
  • David Ostrosky as Agustín de Corsa, María Hipólita and Esperanza's father.
  • Patricia Martínez as Carmela
  • Arturo Vázquez as Ramón
  • Analia Galloso as Mirtha
  • Marcelo Córdoba as Marcos
  • Rudy Casanova as Fermin
  • Edgardo Tejeda as Vicente
  • Lupita Lara
  • Humberto Dupeyrón
  • Rubén Cerda
  • Archie Lafranco as Rodrigo
  • Benjamín Pineda as Aurelio
  • Aurora Clavel as Cleotilde
  • Jan as Santiago de Corsa
  • Eduardo Liñán
  • Aarón Hernán as Regidor
  • Adalberto Parra as Higinio
  • Rosa María Bianchi as Esposa del Regidor
  • Justo Martínez as Alvaro
  • Julio Monterde
  • Eugenio Cobo


Year Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2006 24th TVyNovelas Awards Best Telenovela Alborada Won
Best Lead Actress Lucero Won
Best First Actor Manuel Ojeda Won
Best Lead Actor Fernando Colunga Won
Best Female Villain Daniela Romo Won
Best Male Villain Luis Roberto Guzmán Nominated
Best Song for a Telenovela Jorge Avendaño Lührs composer
Plácido Domingo singer
Best Supporting Actress Mariana Karr Won
Best Supporting Actor Ernesto Laguardia Won
Best Young Actress Sherlyn Nominated
Best Director of Cameras on Location Mónica Miguel Nominated
2nd Latin Emmy Awards[1] Best Latin Actress in a Telenovela Lucero Won
46th Palma de Oro Awards[2] Best Telenovela Alborada Won
Best Lead Actress Lucero Won
Best Lead Actor Fernando Colunga Won
Best Antagonist Actress Daniela Romo Won
Best Generic First Actress Mónica Miguel Won
Best First Actor Manuel Ojeda Won
15th Bravo Awards[3] Best Telenovela Alborada Won
Best Lead Actress Lucero Won
Best Lead Actor Fernando Colunga Won
Best Antagonist Actress Daniela Romo Won
Best Generic First Actress Mónica Miguel Won
Best Generic First Actor Manuel Ojeda Won
Best Supporting Actress Mariana Karr Won
38th ACE Awards[4] Best Telenovela Alborada Won
Best TV Actor Fernando Colunga Won
Best Director Mónica Miguel Won

"The Best Telenovela of the Year" (Premios TVyNovelas 2006)


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