El Manantial

This article is about the 2001 telenovela. For the corregimiento in Panama, see El Manantial, Los Santos.
El Manantial
Genre Telenovela
Created by José Cuauhtémoc Blanco
Víctor Manuel Medina
Written by María del Carmen Peña
Ximena Suárez
Directed by Mónica Miguel
Adriana Barraza
Starring Adela Noriega
Mauricio Islas
Daniela Romo
Alejandro Tommasi
Olivia Bucio
Opening theme Amor, amor, amor by Luis Miguel
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 95
Executive producer(s) Carla Estrada
Producer(s) Arturo Lorca
Location(s) Filming
Televisa San Ángel
Mexico City, Mexico
San Andrés, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Cinematography Alejandro Frutos
Alfredo Sánchez
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 41-44 minutes
Production company(s) Televisa
Distributor Televisa
Original network Canal de las Estrellas
Picture format 480i SDTV
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release October 1, 2001 – February 8, 2002
Preceded by Sin pecado concebido
Followed by Entre el amor y el odio
Related shows La sombra del pasado (2014)

El Manantial (English title: The Spring) is a Mexican telenovela produced by Carla Estrada for Televisa in 2001.[1]

On October 1, 2001, Canal de las Estrellas started broadcasting El Manantial weekdays at 8:00pm, replacing Sin pecado concebido. The last episode was broadcast on February 8, 2002 with Entre el amor y el odio replacing it the following day.

Adela Noriega and Mauricio Islas starred as protagonists, while Alejandro Tommasi, Karyme Lozano and Daniela Romo starred as antagonists.


In the village of San Andres, the rivalry between two families the Valdez and the Ramirez is centered on "El Manantial", a beautiful fountain of water that happens to bathe the small property of the Valdez and not the neighboring ranch, the rich and prosperous hacienda "Piedras Grandes", where the best cattle are raised and is property of the Ramirez.

But the spring is not the real reason for the hatred between the families. Justo Ramirez, married to Margarita Insunza, had a relationship with Francisca Rivero, wife of his enemy and neighbor Rigoberto Valdez.

This relationship, founded in the betrayal, will cause the utmost bitterness and the destruction between the two families. The Valdez have a beautiful daughter named Alfonsina, who was born in the same year as Alejandro, the son and heir of the Ramirez.

Although they have grown separately with their souls full of prejudices against their respective families, the two cannot avoid feeling attracted to each other.

Margarita will not permit this and so she tells her husband to make sure her son will never be together with Alfonsina so he could marry Barbara, her cousin's daughter.

Justo rapes Alfonsina and she leaves along with her mom and her aunt. Five years later... Alfonsina is graduating from school and has a good life until her mother commits suicide because she found out she was deathly ill and could no longer live with the guilt of her lifestyle.

Before dying, her mother confesses to Alfonsina that Justo Ramirez destroyed her life and after that Alfonsina vows revenge on the man who destroyed her family. She returns to San Andres and there she once again sees Alejandro who is now engaged to Barbara.

Their love is still present in their hearts. They will have to fight for their love and see if they can be happy by the shores of El Manantial.


  • Adela Noriega as Alfonsina Valdéz Rivero
  • Mauricio Islas as Alejandro Ramírez Insunza
  • Daniela Romo as Doña Margarita Insunza de Ramírez
  • Alejandro Tommasi as Don Justo Ramírez
  • Olivia Bucio as Gertrudis Rivero
  • Karyme Lozano as Bárbara Luna Zaval
  • Sylvia Pasquel as Pilar Zaval de Luna
  • Raymundo Capetillo as Dr. Álvaro Luna Castillo
  • Patricia Navidad as María Magdalena "Malena" Osuna Castañeda
  • Jorge Poza as Héctor Luna/Héctor Ramírez Rivero
  • Manuel Ojeda as Father Salvador Valdéz
  • Azela Robinson as Francisca Rivero Vda. de Valdéz
  • César Évora as Rigoberto Valdéz
  • Nuria Bages as Martha/Eloísa Castañeda Vda. de Osuna
  • Sergio Reynoso as Fermín Aguirre
  • Angelina Peláez as Altagracia Herrera de Osuna
  • Justo Martínez as Melesio Osuna
  • Rafael Mercadente as Gilberto Morales
  • Gilberto de Anda as Joel Morales
  • Socorro Bonilla as Norma de Morales
  • Lorena Enríquez as María Eugenia "Maru" Morales
  • Leonor Bonilla as Mirna Barraza
  • Socorro Avelar as Doña Catalina "Cata" Sosa
  • Marga López as Mother Superior
  • Marisol del Olmo as Mercedes
  • Luis Couturier as Carlos Portillo
  • Alejandro Aragón as Hugo Portillo
  • Julio Monterde as Father Juan Rosario
  • Salim Rubiales as Javier Jiménez
  • David Galindo as Cipriano Peña
  • Ricardo de Pascual as Obispo*Teo Tapia


Year Award Category Nominee Result
200220th TVyNovelas Awards[2] Best Telenovela of the YearCarla Estrada Won
Best ActressAdela Noriega
Best ActorMauricio Islas
Best Antagonist Actress Karyme LozanoNominated
Best Antagonist Actor Alejandro Tommasi Won
Best Leading Actress Daniela Romo
Best Leading Actor Manuel Ojeda Nominated
Best Co-lead Actress Patricia Navidad Won
Best Co-lead Actor Jorge Poza
Best Actress Sylvia Pasquel Nominated
Best Supporting ActorRaymundo Capetillo
Best Direction Mónica Miguel Won
Sylvia Derbez AwardOlivia Bucio
Palmas de OroBest ProductionCarla Estrada
Best Television Actress Adela Noriega
Best Television Antagonist Alejandro Tommasi
Premios Bravo[3] Best ActressAdela Noriega
Best ActorMauricio Islas
Best Antagonist ActressDaniela Romo
Best Antagonist ActorAlejandro Tommasi
Best ProductionCarla Estrada
Best WriterJosé Cuauhtémoc Blanco
María del Carmen Peña
Víctor Manuel Medina
ACE AwardsBest TelenovelaCarla Estrada
Best Television Actress Adela Noriega
Premios El Heraldo de México[4] Best TelenovelaCarla Estrada
Best Television Actress Daniela Romo
Best Television ActorMauricio Islas
Best Television Antagonist Alejandro TommasiNominated
Best Direction Mónica MiguelWon
2003Premios INTE Telenovela of the YearCarla EstradaNominated
Actress of the Year Adela Noriega
Supporting ActorAlejandro Tomassi
Supporting ActressDaniela Romo Won

International Broadcasters of El Manantial


  1. "El Manantial" (in Spanish). alma-latina.net. Archived from the original on April 1, 2003. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  2. Univision.com (2002). "Un Manantial de éxitos en el 2002" (in Spanish). Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  3. Orizabaenred.com.mx (2002-10-17). "Premio Bravo" (in Spanish). Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  4. Orizabaenred.com.mx (February 15, 2002). "Preparan 'Los eraldos'" (in Spanish). Retrieved February 5, 2013.

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