Mi Gorda Bella
Mi Gorda Bella (2002-2003) was a Venezuelan telenovela that was produced by and seen on Venezuela's Radio Caracas Television. This telenovela lasted 178 episodes and was distributed internationally by RCTV International.
The story of Valentina, a young woman with a lot of kilos and tons of love inside a heart as big as her own body, will win the affection of all those around her, including the love of her handsome opposite leading man, Orestes, of whom she always dreamed, but never imagined in real life at her feet.
The great ambition of Olimpia (who everyone thought was Valentinas aunt) was the compass that ruled her life, taking her on different roads, where she had the opportunity of having fun and falling in love, but it also made her become the victim of great deceptions, humiliations and sufferings.
Valentina will fight for justice in clearing up her parents death and recover the inheritance that belongs to her following her parents wishes, even though it might put her love for Orestes in danger.
Once she fulfills her objective, she will not rest until she recovers love.
Valentina Villanueva and Orestes Villanueva - They are cousins who fall in love when Valentina comes to live in Orestes' house once she graduates from High School. The house that they live in is rightfully Valentina's. Her mother and father owned it - but they were both secretly killed by Olimpia. They are the main characters of the show - Valentina is an overweight girl and Orestes is the perfect man.
Olimpia Mercouri de Villanueva - mother of Orestes. She's a bad woman who has fooled her husband and children to think she's a good mother and wife. She hates Valentina - and placed into doubt Orestes' real father. (Valentina and Orestes end up not being related at all)
Juan Angel Villanueva - he's Olimpia's husband, father to Orestes, Pandora, Ariadna and Aquiles. He's brother to Valentina's dead father Luis Angel . So he's Valentina's uncle. He loves his niece and his children but he's been such a busy man that he's failed to see Olimpia's true face. Recently he's realized that Tza Tza "SaSa" has been in love with him all of her life.
Tza Tza "Sasa" Lanz - she's Valentina's aunt, her sister Eva Lanz was killed by Olimpia. She's a very loving person whose only family is Valentina and she'll do anything for her. She owns "la pension" - it's a large modest home that has over 5 rooms. She rents them out but she's so nice she takes in people who can't pay and finds herself in financial debt.
Franklin Carreno - he's an honest cop who fell in love with Valentina from the moment he first met her. He sees her inner goodness and he gets very upset when people try to take advantage of her sweetness. He's suspected for a while that Orestes might feel more for Valentina than mere friendship. He agrees to date Valentina at her request so people would stop teasing her about being in love with Orestes. While in their fake relationship, he really falls in love with her and breaks it off when he knows he's being used. Still, he defends Valentina. One drunk night ends him in bed with Chiqui - that will begin their relationship. He's also investigating Eva's death (Valentina's mother).
Chiquinquira Lorenz Rivero "La Chiquis" - she's Orestes girlfriend and best friend to Ariadna. She's beautiful, rich, arrogant and completely in love with Orestes. Upset at Valentina for taking Orestes away she gets seriously drunk and ends up bed with Franklin. This starts her metamorphosis and her romance with Franklin. Her parents are Lorenzo Lanz and "Muneca Lanz - recently she found out that her mother who is good and honest is not really her mother and she's a product of an affair her father had and "Muneca adopted her as her own daughter.
Pandora Villanueva - she's the second child of Olimpia & Juan Angel. She's very close to Aquiles, her brother. Pandora saw at the age of 6 her mother kill her uncle Luis Angel and that has traumatized her. She has 'episodes' of lunacy were she starts screaming and struggling. For this reason she's considered the weird one in the family. She thinks she's doomed to suffer in life and never find happiness because she let her uncle get killed. This all changes when she meets and falls in love with the honest cop Jordi - much to her mother's distaste.
Jordi - he is Frankin's partner and best friend. He's honest and has no problem telling it like it is. He first sees Pandora when she comes into the station to report her brother Aquiles missing. Quickly, he falls in love with her and comes on to her - she thinks he's tasteless and common and quickly gives him the cold shoulder. With all of the problems her brother gets into in the beginning of the novela she often turns to him until he kisses her one day. She denies their love for a while but he convinces her to let him into her heart.
Aquiles Villanueva - he's the youngest of the Villanuevas. In the beginning of the novela he's very much a loner and very close with his older sister Pandora. Because he's never had a girlfriend everyone thinks he's gay; he's even confused himself. When he gets into a fight in school he's expelled, consequentially he's thrown out from his house. Homeless and wandering his only hope lies in his sister who worries sick for him and in Valentina- the cousin he loves a lot. Tza Tza offers him a home with her and Valentina in "La Pension" - there he confesses to Valentina that when he was 11 his mother took him to a prostitute and that's traumatized him with women. He runs away in shame from Valentina and he's found days later unconscious. When he wakes up he has no memory of the last year and under his mother's instigations he's led to believe that Valentina is a bad person and he also believes Fabiola to be his girlfriend but it all changes when he starts seeing Ninfa - their maid in a whole new light.
Beatriz Carreno Bea - she's Franklin's younger sister. She's brave, honest and Valentina's best friend. She's a very humble girl and she adores her 'madrina' Tza Tza. Often she defends Valentina to the people that tease her; and she lives in love with Orestes' best friend Alejandro who never notices she's alive until she becomes a make-up artist for the company and she becomes the only person he can trust.
Manjalara - The Malaysian Franchise
After Malaysians were seduced by the beautiful fat Valentina and her antics in Mi Gorda Bella, a private television station has decided to buy the rights from Venezuela's RCTV to produce a local-flavored version of the telenovella called Manjalara. Using the same format but with a bit alteration to suit Malaysian cultural sensitivity, the serial is shown every Monday to Thursday at 6.30 p.m. on TV3. Starring Jehan Miskin, Emelda Rosmila as Manjalara, Sheila Rusly, Mustapha Kamal and former national gymnast Raja Farah.
Natalia Streignard as Valentina Villanueva Lanz/Bella de la Rosa
Juan Pablo Raba as Orestes Villanueva Mercouri
Hilda Abrahamz as Olimpia Mercouri de Villanueva
Emma Rabbe as Tza Tza Lanz (Sasa)
Norkys Batista as Chiquinquira Lorenz Rivero
Marianela Gonzalez as Pandora Villanueva Mercouri
Flavio Caballero as Juan angel Villanueva
Jeronimo Gil as Franklin Carreno
Luciano D'Alessandro as Roman Fonseca
Belen Marrero as Camelia Rivero de Lorenz "Muneca"
Felix Loreto as Lorenzo Lorenz
Aileen Celeste as Ariadna Villanueva Mercouri
Carlos Alvarez as Aquiles Villanueva Mercouri
Prakriti Maduro as Ninfa
Amalia Perez Diaz as Celeste Villanueva de Dupont
Carlos Marquez as Segundo Villanueva
Marcos Moreno as Roque Julia
Ana Beatriz Osorio as Beatriz Carreno
Hugo Vasquez as Jordi Rosales
Sandra Martinez as Fabiola
Daniel Anibal Blasco as Samuel Robinson
Mayra Africano as Nereida
Nathalie Cortez as Jessica Lopez "J.Lo"
Mimi Lazo as Eva Lanz de Villanueva
Kareliz Ollarves as Debora Pereira
Laureano Olivares as Careperro
Rodolfo Renwick as Jorge Campos
Sonia Villamizar as Natalia
Aleska Diaz Granados as Vivian Duran
Daniel Alvarado as Jose Manuel Sevilla
Jose Manuel Ascensao as Ezquinaci
Llena Aloma as Pepa Lopez Castro "Pepita"
Jose Angel Avila as Jose Ignacio Pacheco
Abelardo Behna as Alejandro Silva
Jeanette Flores as Consuelito
Edgar Gomez as Commissary Pantoja
Edgar Gomez as Comisario Pantoja
Jose Carlos Grillet as Daniel Eduardo
Enrique Izquierdo as Macedonio Ortega
Dora Mazzone as Angelica (2002)
Eric Noriega as Benigno Matiz
Sandy Olivares as Javier
Martha Pabon as Gladiola
Kristin Pardo as Carmen
Miguel Angel Perez as Boligoma
Manuel Salazar as Luis Felipe Villanueva
Gabriela Santeliz as Rita
Soraya Sanz as Mama Dolores (2002)
Jesus Seijas as Mateo
Manuel Sosa as Joel
Elisa Stella as Dona Elena
The theme song to Mi Gorda Bella is "Poco a Poco", performed by Jeremias.
List of famous telenovelas
Aired in Malaysia on ntv7 in 2002
TV3 (Malaysia) adopted this telenovela and titled as 'Manjalara'. Now broadcasting from Monday - Friday @ 6:30PM
True Visions (Cable TV in Thailand) on True Series (channel 23) titled as ' My Sweet Fat Valentina' Now broadcasting from Monday - Friday @ 6.00PM in Thai & Spain Languages
Mi Gorda Bella at the Novelahitz
Mi Gorda Bella at the Internet Movie Database
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