People en Español Reveals Prize Winners

NEW YORK – Mexican actress Aracely Arambula’s return to telenovelas after six years away from production studios was chosen as Comeback of the Year in the first edition of the People en Español prizes, announced by the magazine in its December edition.

Arambula, who came back to star in the new “Corazon Salvaje” (Wild Heart) series together with Eduardo Yañez, made the cover of the publication, which in this issue also announced the prizewinners for Best Pop Singer, Best Album, Comeback of the Year in Music, Best Singer/Mexican Regional Group and Best Singer/Urban Group.

Also named in the issue were Best Actress and Best New Artist among others in the music, film, television and sports categories.

The winners were picked by the public on the magazine’s Web site where almost a million votes were cast, People en Español said in its latest issue, in which Arambula speaks about her return to acting and her role as the mother of the two children she had with Mexican singer Luis Miguel during the four years of their relationship.

“I couldn’t wait to get back to my fans, to act. My great passion is acting. For me, it’s a magic comeback,” the actress said of “Corazon Salvaje.”

Arambula, who plays both the heroine and the villain of the soap, said she was “happy” and “grateful for what life” has given her.

She also told the magazine that while she works from Monday to Thursday, her mother, Socorro Jaques, takes care of her kids Miguel and Daniel, aided by a team of professionals.

“It’s an enormous sacrifice,” she said about having to be separated from her youngsters during the week. She spends weekends with the kids at her house in Los Angeles, California.

As for any possible new love interest, the Mexican preferred not to comment and focused on talking about her children.

“When I became a mother I discovered that we can overcome physical pain and emotional pain in any situation,” Arambula said, who combines filming the soap with her work as host on the TV program “Viva la Familia! de Todobebe” (Hooray for Families! from Todobebe).

The magazine’s readers elected as Best Singer the Puerto Rican Luis Fonsi, who was also awarded Best Album for his “Palabras del Silencio” (Words of Silence) and Song of the Year with “Aqui Estoy Yo” (Here I Am).

The Dominican group Aventura took the prize for Best Singer/Tropical Group, while Vicente Fernandez was named Best Singer/ Mexican Regional Group and Daddy Yankee made Best Urban Singer.

In the telenovelas category, the public chose singer and actress Lucero as Best Villain for her work in “Mañana Es Para Siempre” (Tomorrow is Forever), and her partner in the same soap opera, Fernando Colunga, as Best Actor. Edith Gonzalez took the Best Actress prize for her role in “Doña Barbara.”

In the movie category, Benicio del Toro was elected Best Actor for his role as “Che” Guevara and the actress Ana Layevska was tabbed Best Actress for the comedy “Casi Divas” (Almost Divas), while Adriana Barraza took the honors for Best Crossover for “Drag Me To Hell” and Jaume Collet-Serva took the People en Español prize for Best Director with his film “Orphan.”

Sports were also included on the list and the public chose New York Yankee star Alex Rodriguez as Baseball Player of the Year, while Lionel Messi, who plays for FC Barcelona, was named Soccer Player of the Year.

A total of 39 prizes were awarded. EFE