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El Manantial
Created by
  • Cuauhtémoc Blanco
  • Víctor Manuel Medina
Screenplay byMaría del Carmen Peña
Directed by
Music by
  • Jesús Blanco
  • Carlos Páramo
Opening theme"Amor, amor, amor" by Luis Miguel
Country of originMexico
Original languageSpanish
No. of episodes95
Executive producerCarla Estrada
ProducerArturo Lorca
Production locations
CinematographyRicardo Navarrete
  • Julio Abreu
  • Juan Franco
  • Luis Horacio Valdés
Camera setupMulti-camera
Production companyTelevisa
Original release
NetworkCanal de las Estrellas
ReleaseOctober 1, 2001 (2001-10-01) –
February 8, 2002 (2002-02-08)
La sombra del pasado

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

On Monday, October 1, 2001, Canal de las Estrellas started broadcasting El Manantial weekdays at 9:00pm, replacing Sin pecado concebido. The last episode was broadcast on Friday, February 8, 2002 with Entre el amor y el odio replacing it the following Monday.[2][3]

The series stars Adela Noriega, Daniela Romo, Mauricio Islas and Alejandro Tommasi.


In the town of San Andrés, the rivalry between two families —the Valdés and the Ramírez— finds its most obvious channel in "The Spring"

A beautiful spring of water that bathes the small Valdés property and not the neighboring ranch, the rich and prosperous "Piedras Grandes" hacienda, where the best wild cattle in the country are raised, which belongs to the Ramírez family.

However, the real reason for such an intense hatred is hidden in privacy. Justo Ramírez (Alejandro Tommasi), married to Margarita Insunza (Daniela Romo), maintains an adulterous relationship with Francisca Rivero (Azela Robinson), the wife of his rival and neighbor, Rigoberto Valdés (César Évora). This relationship, founded on deceit and promiscuity, will generate the bitterest resentment and will cause the gradual destruction of the two families.

The Valdés have a beautiful daughter named Alfonsina (Adela Noriega), who was born at the same time as Alejandro (Mauricio Islas), the Ramírez's only son and natural heir. Despite having been raised apart from each other and with their souls filled with prejudices against their respective families, they cannot help but feel attracted.

Alfonsina and Alejandro's first meeting is not exactly the best. Accustomed as they are to hating each other's last names, they are convinced of what they have always known: that the Valdés and the Ramírez can only be enemies.

The hatred of Alfonsina's family increases when Justo Ramírez, through a bad move, gets what he has always wanted: To own "The Spring". The loss of the property forces Alfonsina's family to leave San Andrés; hurt, she swears that she will do everything in her power to get back the land that belonged to her grandparents.

Thus, thinking that they have finally got rid of their eternal enemies, the Ramírez decide that the best candidate to be Alejandro's wife is Bárbara Luna (Karyme Lozano), a pretty but calculating and somewhat frivolous young girl. Bárbara's family, interested in the advantages that said link will bring them, is delighted with the idea and they formalize the engagement. This coincides with Alfonsina's return to San Andrés.

Bárbara mistrusts the newcomer and tries by all means to get her away from her future husband. However, the force of love is stronger than any intrigue and Alfonsina and Alejandro finally confess their love for each other.

But the resentment and ill will that has marked the relationship between their families condemns them to be victims of bitterness. To survive, their love will have to overcome the barriers that fate presents them and thus turn "The Spring" into a true source of hope.



Also main


  • Socorro Bonilla as Norma de Morales
  • Sergio Reynoso as Fermín Aguirre
  • Justo Martínez as Melesio Osuna
  • Rafael Mercadante as Gilberto Morales
  • Gilberto de Anda as Joel Morales
  • Lorena Enríquez as María Eugenia "Maru" Morales
  • Julio Monterde as Father Juan Rosario
  • Alejandro Aragón as Hugo Portillo
  • Leonor Bonilla as Mirna de Aguirre
  • Luis Couturier as Dr. Carlos Portillo
  • Teo Tapia as Bishop

Guest stars

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2002 20th TVyNovelas Awards[4] Best Telenovela Carla Estrada Won
Best Actress Adela Noriega Won
Best Actor Mauricio Islas Won
Best Antagonist Actress Karyme Lozano Nominated
Best Antagonist Actor Alejandro Tommasi Won
Best Leading Actress Daniela Romo Won
Best Leading Actor Manuel Ojeda Nominated
Best Co-lead Actress Patricia Navidad Won
Best Co-lead Actor Jorge Poza Won
Best Supporting Actress Sylvia Pasquel Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Raymundo Capetillo Nominated
"Silvia Derbez" Award Olivia Bucio Won
Best Original Story or Adaptation Cuauhtémoc Blanco
Víctor Manuel Medina
María del Carmen Peña
Best Direction Mónica Miguel Won
Bravo Awards[5] Best Telenovela Carla Estrada Won
Best Actress Adela Noriega Won
Best Actor Mauricio Islas Won
Best Antagonist Actress Daniela Romo Won
Best Antagonist Actor Alejandro Tommasi Won
Best Screenplay Cuauhtémoc Blanco
Víctor Manuel Medina
María del Carmen Peña
El Heraldo de México Awards[6] Best Telenovela Carla Estrada Won
Best Actress Daniela Romo Won
Best Actor Alejandro Tommasi Won
Mauricio Islas Nominated
Male Revelation Rafael Mercadante Nominated
Best Direction Mónica Miguel Won
Palmas de Oro Awards Best Telenovela Carla Estrada Won
Best Actress Adela Noriega Won
Best Antagonist Actor Alejandro Tommasi Won
2003 INTE Awards[7] Production of the Year Carla Estrada Nominated
Actress of the Year Adela Noriega Nominated
Supporting Actress of the Year Daniela Romo Won
Supporting Actor of the Year Alejandro Tommasi Nominated
Director of the Year Mónica Miguel Nominated
Screenwriter of the Year Cuauhtémoc Blanco Nominated
Telenovela Musical Theme of the Year "Amor, amor, amor"
by Luis Miguel
2004 Latin ACE Awards[8] Best Telenovela El manantial Won
Best Direction Mónica Miguel Won


  1. ^ "El Manantial" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on April 1, 2003. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  2. ^ Morales Valentín, Emilio (27 September 2001). "Prometen innovar con El manantial". El Universal (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 June 2023.
  3. ^ "El manantial finalizó con 42,4 de rating en México". (in Spanish). 11 February 2002. Retrieved 27 June 2023.
  4. ^ (2002). "Un Manantial de éxitos en el 2002" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on April 12, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  5. ^ (2002-10-17). "Premio Bravo" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2020-06-13. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  6. ^ (February 15, 2002). "Preparan 'Los Heraldos'" (in Spanish). Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  7. ^ (2003-04-07). "¡Arrasa Televisa!" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2010-01-10. Retrieved July 16, 2023.
  8. ^ (2004). "36a ENTREGA ANUAL DE PREMIOS ACE / 2004" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on February 6, 2007. Retrieved July 16, 2023.

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