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Lucero, Fernando Colunga, and Valentino Lanús
Also known asAlborada, El amanecer del amor
Written byMaría Zarattini
Guenia Argomedo
Edwin Valencia
Directed byMonica Miguel
Sergio Quintero
Jorge Édgar Ramírez
Fernando Colunga
Daniela Romo
Luis Roberto Guzmán
Arturo Peniche
Ernesto Laguardia
Irán Castillo
Valentino Lanús
Opening themeAlborada by Plácido Domingo
Country of originMexico
Original languageSpanish
No. of episodes90
Executive producerCarla Estrada
ProducersArturo Lorca
Guillermo Gutiérrez
Production locationsTelevisa San Ángel
Mexico City, Mexico
CinematographyAlejandro Frutos
Bernardo Nájera
Carlos Sánchez Ross
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time41-44 minutes
Production companyTelevisa
Original networkCanal de las Estrellas
Picture format480i SDTV
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseOctober 24, 2005 (2005-10-24) –
February 24, 2006 (2006-02-24)
Preceded byLa esposa virgen
Followed byLa verdad oculta

Alborada (English: The Dawning) is a Mexican telenovela produced by Carla Estrada for Televisa in 2005.[1] It is an historical drama, set in colonial Panama and Mexico a few years before Mexican Independence from Spain.

On Monday, October 24, 2005, Canal de las Estrellas started broadcasting Alborada weekdays at 9:00pm, replacing La esposa virgen. The last episode was broadcast on Friday, February 24, 2006 with La verdad oculta replacing it on Monday, February 27, 2006.

Lucero and Fernando Colunga starred as protagonists, while Daniela Romo, Luis Roberto Guzmán, Vanessa Guzmán and Gilberto de Anda starred as antagonists. Arturo Peniche, Ernesto Laguardia, Irán Castillo, Valentino Lanús, Mariana Garza, Alejandro Tommasi and Mariana Karr star as stellar performances.


Maria 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

Supporting cast

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2005 Tv Adicto Golden Awards Best Costumes Carla Estrada Won
Best Song "Alborada"
by Plácido Domingo
Best Special Performance Zully Montero
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Mariana Garza
Best Female Protagonist Lucero
Best Original Story María Zarattini
Best Production Carla Estrada
2006 24th TVyNovelas Awards Best Telenovela
Best Actress Lucero
Best Actor Fernando Colunga
Best Antagonist Actress Daniela Romo
Best Antagonist Actor Luis Roberto Guzmán Nominated
Best Leading Actor Manuel Ojeda Won
Best Supporting Actress Mariana Karr
Best Supporting Actor Ernesto Laguardia
Best Young Lead Actress Sherlyn Nominated
Best Direction Mónica Miguel
Best Musical Theme Alborada
by Plácido Domingo
15th Bravo Awards[2] Best Telenovela Carla Estrada Won
Best Actress Lucero
Best Actor Fernando Colunga
Best Antagonist Actress Daniela Romo
Best Generic Leading Actress Mónica Miguel
Best Generic Leading Actor Manuel Ojeda
Best Supporting Actress Mariana Karr
46th Palmas de Oro Awards[3] Best Production Carla Estrada
2nd Latin Emmy Awards[4] Best Actress in a Telenovela Lucero
Califa de Oro Awards Outstanding Production Carla Estrada
Outstanding Performance Manuel Ojeda
María Rojo
Valentino Lanús
2007 38th ACE Awards[5] Best Scenic Program Carla Estrada
Best Actor Fernando Colunga
Best Director Mónica Miguel
2010 Tv Adicto Golden Awards Best Female Villain of the Decade Daniela Romo

International Broadcasters of Alborada

North & South America, Caribbean
Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania


  1. ^ "Alborada (TV Series)" (in Spanish). Retrieved October 24, 2005.
  2. ^ "'Alborada' arrasa en los Premios Bravo :: Noticias". 2006-10-18. Retrieved 2012-12-10.
  3. ^ "Alborada en Premios Palma de Oro". Archived from the original on May 24, 2010. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  4. ^ "Nueva York será sede de la segunda entrega de premios Emmy Latino". Terra. Retrieved 2012-12-10.
  5. ^ México (2007-03-01). "Ganan Premios ACE 'El laberinto' y 'Alborada' « -•(-• " EL CLAN DE LOS MEDIOS " •-)•- - La Coctelera". Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2012-12-10.