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Santa Diabla

Santa Diabla
Santa Diabla Poster (Telemundo Produciton).png
Genre Crime, Suspense, Thriller, Action, Revenge
Created by Original Story and Adaptation
José Ignacio Valenzuela
Developed by Telemundo Studios, Miami
Directed by Luis Manzo
Ricardo Schwarz
Miguel Varoni
Arturo Manuitt
Starring Gaby Espino
Aarón Díaz
Carlos Ponce
Ximena Duque
Opening theme Santa Diabla
by Carlos Ponce and Aarón Díaz
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 136 [1]
Executive producer(s) Carmen Cecilia Urbaneja
José Gerardo Guillén
Producer(s) Paola Alliegro
Location(s) Marrero, Louisiana
New Orleans
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 42-45 minutes
Original channel Telemundo
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Stereophonic sound
Original release August 6, 2013 – February 24, 2014
Preceded by El Señor de los Cielos
Followed by Camelia, la Texana
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Santa Diabla (literally: Holy Devil, English title: Broken Angel) is a Spanish-language telenovela written by José Ignacio Valenzuela, and produced by United States-based television network Telemundo Studios, Miami.[2] The story begins with Gaby Espino starring as the main protagonist, while Aaron Diaz, Carlos Ponce, Ximena Duque, and Wanda D'Isidoro star as the main antagonists.[3]

Telemundo aired the serial as part of its 2013-2014 season. On August 6, 2013, the network began broadcasting Santa Diabla weeknights at 10pm/9c, replacing El Señor de los Cielos.[4][5] As with most of its other telenovelas, the network broadcast English subtitles as closed captions on CC3.


Santa Diabla is the story of Santa Martínez (Gaby Espino), a woman who seeks revenge for the murder of her husband Willy Delgado (Lincoln Palomeque). Santa's revenge includes marrying Humberto Cano (Carlos Ponce), a powerful attorney in Marrero. Humberto hired Willy Delgado to give piano lessons to Humberto's niece Daniela Milan (Ana Osorio) at the Cano family's home, until Bárbara Cano (Wanda D'Isidoro), Daniela's mother and Humberto's sister, accused Willy of harassment and attempted rape of her daughter. Blaming the Canos for the unjust death of her husband, Santa intends to destroy the Cano family, but as she tries to complete her mission, she meets and falls in love with Santiago Cano (Aarón Díaz), Humberto and Bárbara's brother. Although Humberto portrays the evil brother throughout much of the story, toward the end it is uncovered that he was doing things to help hide the fact that Santiago Cano was really the evil brother. Santiago's mental disease (dissociative identity disorder) causes him to kill people at will and he exhibits strong psychopathy. He wishes to make Santa his wife by force and the truth finally comes out when people find out it is Santiago who is behind the many murders in Marrero County. Santiago had planned to make his way into Santa's life when he and Willy crossed paths in prison and he found a picture of Santa. Flashbacks recall that everything Santiago ever did was calculating and caniving. In the end Santa chooses Humberto despite the fact that people think he is evil (she knows he has been the good guy the entire time). Humberto is killed by Santiago and Santa never tells him that she becomes pregnant with his child. Santiago is placed in a mental asylum and it is left unclear if he escapes. Barbara Cano and her mother live as prisoners in the family mansion for the rest of their days since Barbara cannot go anywhere since her face becomes scarred by Alicia "La Diabla" Cano, the daughter given up by the Canos several years earlier. Alicia goes to prison for killing Barbara's husband, George, and it is unclear if Willy is willing to wait for Leticia (although he really loves her). In the end, there is barely any redemption left for any character and it goes to show that life just goes on whether things end up good or bad.


Santa Diabla marks the return of Gaby Espino years after participating in Más Sabe el Diablo and Ojo Por Ojo. The telenovela also marks Carlos Ponce's first antagonist role,[6] and the Telemundo debut of Aarón Díaz who signed an exclusivity agreement with Telemundo in 2013.[7] Carlos Ponce and Aarón Díaz composed both the lyrics and music of the theme song of Santa Diabla, and they also performed the theme song for the telenovela.[8][9] Filming of the telenovela began in late May 2013,[10][11] and ended in December 2013.[12]


Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated Result
2013 Premios People en Español
Best Telenovela José Ignacio Valenzuela Nominated[13]
Best Actress Gaby Espino Nominated[14]
Best Actor Aarón Díaz Nominated[15]
Best Female Antagonist Lis Vega Nominated[16]
Best Male Antagonist Carlos Ponce Nominated[17]
Best Supporting Actress Virna Flores Nominated[18]
Couple of the Year Gaby Espino and Aarón Díaz Nominated[19]
Special Beauty Awards
Television Beauty Frances Ondiviela Won[20]
2014 Miami Life Award
Best telenovela José Ignacio Valenzuela Nominated[21]
Best Leading Female Gaby Espino Nominated[21]
Best Leading Male Carlos Ponce Nominated[21]
Best Supporting Actress Frances Ondiviela Nominated[21]
Best Supporting Actor Javier Valcárcel Won[21]
Best Leading Lady Zully Montero Nominated[21]
Gledys Ibarra Nominated[21]
Best Leading Man Gerardo Riverón Nominated[21]
Roberto Mateos Nominated[21]
Best Young Actor Lincoln Palomeque Nominated[21]
Premios Tu Mundo
Novela of the Year José Ignacio Valenzuela Won[22][23]
Favorite Lead Actor Aarón Díaz Nominated[22][23]
Favorite Lead Actress Gaby Espino Won[22][23]
The Best Bad Boy Carlos Ponce Won[22][23]
Aarón Díaz Nominated[22][23]
The Best Bad Girl Ximena Duque Won[22][23]
Best Bad Luck Moment Santa Diabla Won[22][23]
Best Supporting Actress Frances Ondiviela Nominated[22][23]
The Perfect Couple Gaby Espino and Aarón Díaz Nominated[22][23]
Gaby Espino and Carlos Ponce Won[22][23]
First Actress Gilda Haddock Won[22][23]
Zully Montero Nominated[22][23]
First Actor Fred Valle Nominated[22][23]


  1. ^ Telemundo's Santa Diabla
  2. ^ Publicado por Masquetelenovelas. "Más Qué Telenovelas: Gaby Espino será la "Santa Diabla" de Telemundo". Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  3. ^ "Más Qué Telenovelas: Gaby Espino, Aarón Díaz y C. Ponce en "Santa Diabla"". Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  4. ^ Véronica Pérez
    El Diario (2 August 2013). "Llega una diabla muy santa". Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  5. ^ "'Santa Diabla': los protagonistas estuvieron en Los Angeles compartiendo con fans (FOTOS)". HuffPost Voces. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Gaby Espino, Aarón Díaz y Carlos Ponce protagonizarán Santa diabla, nueva novela de Telemundo". June 3, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Aarón Díaz firma contrato con Telemundo: "Siempre me han gustado los cambios"". May 8, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Aarón Díaz y Carlos Ponce cantan juntos por primera vez". August 5, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Aarón Díaz y Carlos Ponce cantan el tema de Santa diabla; escúchalo aquí". August 5, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ ""Santa Diabla" y "La Raíz del Mal", lo nuevo de José Ignacio Valenzuela". May 28, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Grabaciones de ¨Santa Diabla¨, con Gaby Espino ¡Iniciarán a finales de este mes!". May 2, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Gaby Espino: "Santa Diabla me hizo crecer..."". December 13, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Premios People en Español 2013 - Categoría Telenovelas". Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Premios People en Español 2013 - Categoría Telenovelas". Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Premios People en Español 2013 - Categoría Telenovelas". Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Premios People en Español 2013 - Categoría Telenovelas". Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "Premios People en Español 2013 - Categoría Telenovelas". Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  18. ^ "Premios People en Español 2013 - Categoría Telenovelas". Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  19. ^ "Premios People en Español 2013 - Categoría Telenovelas". Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  20. ^ "Kimberly Dos Ramos y otros artistas son premiados con los Special Beauty Awards". Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Miami Life Awards - Ganadores 2014". Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m El Sentinel. "Ya puedes votar por los Premios Tu Mundo 2014" (in Spanish). Diario Sentinel. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  23. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "¡Conoce a los ganadores de "Premios Tu Mundo 2014"!" (in Spanish). TVBoricuausa. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 

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