Chiquititas (known in English as Tiny Angels) was a successful children's musical telenovela from Argentina. Created and produced by Cris Morena and her daughter Romina Yan, it aired on Telefé from 1995 until 2001 (Including a movie: "Chiquititas - Rincón de Luz").

There were two spin-offs: Rincón de Luz, aired in 2003 on Canal 9 and a 2006 season which aired in Telefe.


Story line

In its first two seasons, the show followed a more typical telenovela format which changed from the third season onwards.

  • 1995

Soon after Gabriela had a child, her father Ramiro Morán kidnapped his granddaughter because, as a very conservative man, he could not accept the idea that his daughter would be a single mother. So his granddaughter Mili will have a place to live, he creates the orphanage, "Rincón de Luz" (Corner of Light). As the years passed, the girls in the orphanage became a family. In this orphanage full of hopes and dreams, each of the chiquititas, guided by Mili, will live thousands of adventures full of love, friendship and fun.

But not everything will be happiness, Ginette, the orphanage director, will do anything to have the big mansion where the orphanage is localized to herself as a revenge to her boyfriend, the orphanage's owner. The girls' lives will be touched and changed by Belén, a young girl that works on one of the Morán's factories and studies as a social assistant. In the orphanage, Belén will meet Martín, Ramiro's oldest son, an economist that lived in London and is back to Argentina due to work. They'll fall in love with each other but Ramiro will do anything to keep them apart.

  • 1996

After Ramiro's death, his sister Carmen is chosen to be in charge of his fortune. She will do anything she can to keep the secret Ramiro most wanted to protect: Mili's true identity. Meanwhile, is a new beginning in Belén's life who is named the orphanage director. After Martín abandoned her to go back to London, she doesn't think she'll be able to fall in love again until she meets Facundo, the orphanage's doctor.

  • 1997

Carmen finally manages to close down the orphanage. But Belén and the kids receive the help of a mysterious man named Pedro Vega who donates his old mansion to them. In this dangerous and creepy place, they'll meet Elena, the house's governess, a mysterious and mean-spirited women.

In their new neighbourhood, the kids will meet new friends and neighbours. Their life will start to change since they're leaving their childhood behind and are starting to grow. They'll experiment their first kisses and will realize the power of friendship.

The relationship between Belén and Facundo will be torn apart thanks to Andrea, Facundo's ex-girlfriend, and the unscrupulous Alejo Méndez Ayala.

Meanwhile, as Gabriela and Mili become closer each day, Carmen will follow them closely, trying to keep them from knowing the secret and their true ties. But in the end, the truth will finally come to light.

  • 1998

A new phase will start in the orphans' life as they become teenagers.

Belén brings the children a book called "El libro de la vida" (The book of life) where they will write there story for the rest of the season. The orphans have a new neighbor, Manuel, Alejo's twin brother. He and Belén will fall in love, but he is hiding a big secret: he is actually Alejo and is just pretending to be Manuel so he can get a second change to win Belén's heart.

This season the story ends.

  • 1999

A new story begins: María finds "El Libro de la vida" that Belén and the children wrote, and decide to find a place like "Rincón de luz". She meets some new friends and finds a granary with a magic tree that belong to an old guy, named Joaquín. The orphans decide to stay there for a few days, but when Ana, an angel from the sky, comes to save the sick tree, they decide to stay and live there and finally to make the granary their new orphanage.

  • 2000

Ana and Juan died, Pía burned the granary and the children escaped from The Shadow orphanage. Now they have to find a new place to live and María decides its the perfect time to find the original "Rincón de luz". they start a journey after a star that leads them to "Rincón de luz". Belen and the children aren't there anymore. The house was sold to a man called Refael, that everyone thinks he's a ghost. He was involved in an accident and since then he has lived in the dark with a mask on his face.

When time goes by, a woman called Luz arrives in "Rincón de luz" and moves in to live with the orphans. She then finds Refael, falls in love and decides to help him get out from his refuge.

  • 2001

Luz, Refael and Juanita decided to search for Refael's lost son. the orphanage is left without replacement, and when the council discover it, they send a new manager to fix the mess. Lidia, a vicious and cruel woman, gets her chance to take over the orphanage, sell it and get rid of the children by sending them to The Shadow orphanage. Her plans are destroyed by Mili, a girl that previously lived in "Rincón de luz" (with Belén), and who comes back after her mom died to try to help the children until Luz and Refael are back.

  • Chiquititas, Rincon de luz (The Movie)


On August 7, 1995, Chiquititas debuted on Telefe. It was aired weekdays at 6pm, the same time-slot as Jugate Conmigo a few years before, and soon became the leader on its time-slot among young viewers.

The show had musical elements and every year it spawned an album with about 10 new songs. The albums became huge successes and were often the best-selling album of the year in the country, with the 1998 CD being one of the top-selling Sony Music Argentina albums ever. All songs were composed by Cris Morena, who was also the mastermind behind the show, with her songwriting partner Carlos Nilson.

The complete cast of the show would also do a huge Broadway style musical at Argentina's biggest theatre, Teatro Gran Rex during the Winter Vacations (which happened in July in Argentina). Each year, a new musical was made with the latest technologies and with budgets of over 1 million dollars. The first live presentation was done in 1996 and, after being a huge success, it became a yearly event, happening from June to September, with daily concerts in the month of July (winter vacations). Chiquititas sold over one million tickets and held the record of being the highest-grossing live franchise ever in Argentina.

Chiquititas was also the first franchise in Argentina's television with the show originating over 400 licensed products, live musicals, CDs and a monthly magazine.

The show reached its peak in 1998, during its fourth season. During this year, the CD and the live musical broke records and the daily show achieved its highest ratings. It was also the end of a cycle, with Romina Yan and her character, Belén, which was the central figure of the show, finally saying goodbye, marrying her love (Alejo played by Facundo Arana) and adopting all children.

In the following year, 1999, Chiquititas got a complete makeover with a new setting and a new cast. The new Chiquititas was also very successful and continued airing until 2001, when it finally ended after seven seasons. Also in 2001, a feature film was released in movie theaters with great success.

Chiquititas finally came to an end in 2001, after disagreements between Cris Morena and Claudio Vilarruel, Telefe's new chairman. In its last season, the show became weekly with a retrospective of Chiquititas previous seasons being aired daily on the original time slot (weekdays at 6 PM).

In 1997, the show was remade by Brazilian-net SBT. The Brazilian version had an all-Brazilian cast but was shot in Buenos Aires at the same studios the original version was made. Soon after its debut, the show became extremely popular spawning hundreds of merchandising and selling over 3 million CDs. Being part of the cast was a dream among many Brazilian kids and in 1999 over 15.000 people in São Paulo, 10,000 in Rio de Janeiro and 6,000 in Recife attended the auditions for the show's third season, breaking the record for the biggest casting ever (as a comparison castings for Ídolos, the Brazilian version of American Idol, are attended by 2,000 people in each state and 4,000 in São Paulo).

In 1998, a remake was done by TV Azteca for Mexico following the same format as the Brazilian version: all Mexican cast shooting in Buenos Aires. It flopped since marketing leader Televisa dominated children's television in the country.

Chiquititas was a phenomenon for Greece. In 2001 the show started airing on a Greek channel Alter with not big popularity. That period, another Argentinian telenovela was airing at ET1, the Cebollitas. That soap was very popular, but after the second season, ET1 bought Chiquititas. ET1 bought Chiquititas 1996-1997 production on 2002-2003. The same year 2002 Alpha TV had bought Chiquititas 1995 version. The watchers were confused. After Chiquititas 1997, in 2004 Et1] played again the Chiquititas 1996. The new Chiquititas never got bought from the Greek television because on 2006 ET1 bought Rebelde Way. The show was extremely popular in Greece. After Rebelde Way ET1 bought Chiquititas 2006. That show was the worst Chiquititas of all for the Greek audience, and the soap opera stopped and Romeo Y Julieta replaced it. Finally, after Rebelde Way nothing else was interesting anymore for the audience, and Romeo y Julieta stopped too. In 2009, Romeo y Julieta started airing in a local TV station of Macedonia in Thessaloniki at ET3.

Critical reception

While the show was a huge success among the young public, it was panned by critics that deemed the program to be over sexualized and of a bad quality. The fact the orphanage was portrayed as a beautiful place full of pretty well-dressed white children was also heavily panned.

Chiquititas spin-offs

In 2001, while leaving Telefe, Cris Morena made it clear she did not want to stop producing Chiquititas but she would not continue the show in another channel because the program rights were owned by Telefé, not her.

In 2003, she did a spin-off, Rincón de Luz, for Canal 9. Rincón de Luz was, of course, the orphanage where the chufos and chufas lived and also the name of the movie released in 2001. Starring the popular singer Soledad Pastorutti and Guido Kaczka (which had acted in the first four seasons as Piojo, Belén's brother), the show could not reach the amount of popularity the first version of the program achieved. However, it was extremely successful in Israel and the complete cast of the show visited Tel Aviv for a series of concerts at Nokia Stadium.

In 2006, Cris Morena came back to Telefe which finally gave her the rights over the Chiquititas brand. She decided to produce a new version of the classical show, which would star Jorgelina Aruzzi and Gaston Ricaud. While the new version was a resounding success, of previous seasons or some of her previous projects such as Rebelde Way or Floricienta, it was still highly successful with the live musical at Teatro Gran Rex attracting over 70,000 people, a double-platinum album, a sell-out nationwide tour and over 100 licensed products.

The new version of Chiquititas was remade in Portugal and Romania. It aired in its original version in Brazil and the entire Latin America and Spain on the Disney Channel.


  • Romina Yan (Belén Fraga, 1995 to 1998)
  • Grecia Colmenares (Ana Pizarro, 1999)
  • Romina Gaetani (Luz Linares, 2000)
  • Agustina Cherri (Milagros Urien-Pereira Morán, 1995 to 1997, 2001)
  • Trinidad Alcorta (Clarita, 1995-1996)
  • Irene Amus (Chiche Bustamante, 2000)
  • Matías Apostolo (Matías Gallardo, 1999)
  • Facundo Arana (Alejo and Manuel Méndez Ayala, 1997 to 1998)
  • Catalina Artusi (Catalina, 1998)
  • Matías Baglivo (Juan Martín, 1998)
  • Andrea Barbieri (Clara, 1998)
  • Federico Barón (Federico Martínez, 2000 to 2001)
  • Cristián Belgrano (Cristián Maza, 1999 to 2001)
  • Patricio Benavides (Patricio)
  • Hilda Benard (Carmen Morán, 1995 to 1997)
  • Mariano Bertolini (Mariano Maza, 1999)
  • Thelma Biral (Mercedes Quintana, 1998)
  • Benjamín Rojas (Yago, 1998, and Bautista Arce, 1999 to 2001)
  • Camila Bordonaba(Pato, 1996 to 1998, and Camila Bustillo, 1999 to 2001)
  • Octavio Borro (Tobías Echagüe, 1995)
  • Michel Brown (Tomás, 'Tomy', 1995 to 1996)
  • Alfonso Burgos (Matías, 1997 to 1998)
  • Facundo Caccia (Facundo Maza, 1999)
  • Philippe Caillon (Tomás Rojas, 2000)
  • Hernán Cajaraville(Hernán, 1999)
  • Omar Calicchio (Renzo Miranda, 2001)
  • Bárbara Campanella (Toia, 1999)
  • Lucrecia Capello (Emilia Gutiérrez, 1995)
  • Ezequiel Castano (Cristian, alias Mosca, 1995 to 1998)
  • Luciano Castro (Tano, 1995)
  • Lidia Catalano (Elsa Martu, 1999)
  • Federico Cernadas (Guido, 1998)
  • Celeste Cid (Barbarita, 1997 to 1998)
  • Felipe Colombo (Felipe Mejía, 1999 to 2001)
  • Gabriel Corrado (Martín Morán and Riffy Raff, 1995)
  • Hugo Cosiansi (Hernán Ochoa, 1995)
  • Lucas Crespi (Lucas, 1999)
  • Tomás Cutler (Andrés, 1999)
  • Agustina Dantiacq (Inés Maza, 1999)
  • Claudio Da Passano (Raúl, 1997 to 1998)
  • Ricardo Darín (Eduardo, 1998)
  • Giuliana Darioli (Tamara, 1996)
  • Andrea Del Boca (Paula, 1998)
  • Francisco Fernández De Rosa
  • Brenda Díaz (Pilar, 1996)
  • Valeria Díaz (Delfina, 1997 to 1998)
  • Nadia Di Cello (Nadia,1996-1998 and María Fernández, 1999 to 2001)
  • Nadine Dwek (Micaela, 1998)
  • Pablo Echarri (Salvador, 1997)
  • Iván Espeche (Rafael Sander, alias Andres Ferala, 2000)
  • Bárbara Estrabou (Carolina, 1996 to 1997)
  • Nicolás Feal (Gastón Machado alias Moco, 2000)
  • Alberto Fernández de Rosa (Saverio, 1995-1998)
  • Mariano Fernández (Pochi, 1995, credited as Chino Fernández)
  • Marcela Ferradas (Federico's Mother, 2001)
  • Lucas Ferraro (Michel Monteagudo, 2001)
  • Bernardita Flores (Bernarda Herrera, 2000)
  • Milagros Flores (Juana Maza, 1999 to 2000)
  • Gladys Florimonti (Ernestina, 1995)
  • Sebastián Francini (Ignacio 1998, and Sebastián Mansilla, 1999 to 2001)
  • Diego García (Martín, alias Barracuda' ', 1997 to 1998, and Martín, 2001)
  • Mauricio García (Santiago, 1996)
  • Divina Gloria (Dorita, 1997)
  • Nicolás Goldschmidt (Nicolás, 1997 to 1998)
  • Eliana González (Zoe, 2000)
  • Darío Grandinetti (Juan Maza, 1999)
  • Candela Gribodo (Olivia Casani, 2000)
  • Gustavo Guillen (Mauro Echagüe and Francisco López, 1999 to 2000)
  • Miguel Habud (Guillermo Ramos, 1999)
  • Carola Islas (Marisa, 1995)
  • Mauricio Sopif (Felipinho, 1997 to 1998)
  • Paul Jenot (Paul, 1997)
  • Aldana Jussich (Luna, 1998)
  • Guido Kaczka (Felipe Fraga, alias Piojo, 1995 to 1998)
  • Marcela Kloosterboer (Candela Maza, 1999)
  • Mabel Landó (Valentina Pereira, 1995)
  • Susana Lanteri (Elena, 1997 to 1998)
  • Ricardo Lavié (Don Michell, 1998, and Joaquín Maza, 1999)
  • Diego Lazzarin (Diego, 1999)
  • Pablo Lizaso (Enzo Miranda, 2000 to 2001)
  • Natalia Lobo, (Ginette Monier, 1995)
  • José María López (Diego Hernández, 1999)
  • Polyana López (Mora, 1997)
  • Luisana Lopilato (Luisana Maza, 1999 to 2001)
  • Romina Lotoczko (Romina, 1995)
  • Jorge Maggio (Francisco, 2001)
  • Cinthia Manchado (Cinthia, 1995 to 1996)
  • Axel Marazzi (Gonzalo Bustamante, 2000)
  • Coni Marino (Chiche, 1999)
  • Juan Pablo Martínez Irtia (Nacho, 1996)
  • Jorge Martínez (Jorge Clementi, 1996)
  • Manuel Martínez (Antonio, 1997)
  • Guadalupe Martínez Uría (Dolores Aguero, 1995)
  • Daniel Martins (Javier, 1996)
  • David Masajnik (Sebastián, 1996)
  • Daniela Mastrichio (Sol Fraga Méndez Ayala, 1995 to 1998)
  • Michelle Meeus (Michelle, 1995)
  • Natalia Melcon (Natalia Ramos Pacheco Acevedo, 1999 to 2001)
  • Diego Mesaglio (Corcho, 1996 to 1998)
  • Fernán Mirás (Facundo Brausen, 1995 to 1997)
  • Georgina Mollo (Georgina, 1995 to 1998)
  • María Fernanda Neil (Martina, 1998, and Fernanda, 1999)
  • Pablo Oliva (Pablo Rojas, 2000)
  • Emanuel Ortega (Emanuel Ortega, 1997)
  • Susana Ortiz (Matilde, 1995 to 1996)
  • Manuela Pal (Florencia, 1996)
  • Marianela Pedano (Mariela Cisneros, 1995 to 1996)
  • Carlos Pedevilla (Coco, 1997)
  • Osvaldo Peluffo
  • Florencia Pendino (Florencia, 1999)
  • Simon Pestana (Andrés, 1996)
  • María Jimena Piccolo (Jimena Del Solar, 1995 to 1998)
  • Nahuel Picone (Nahuel Bustamante, 2000)
  • Paola Ponce (Serena, 1998)
  • Veronica Ponieman (Sandra, 1997)
  • Viviana Puerta (Gabriela Morán, 1995 to 1997)
  • Horacio Ranieri (Aníbal, 1998)
  • Nano Recondo (Pacha, 1995)
  • Sofía Recondo (Lucía, 1997-1998, and Anita Pizarro, 1999)
  • Jonathan Rendon (Leo, 1997)
  • Gastón Ricaud (Ramiro, 2001)
  • Pablo Ricciarduli (Santiago, 1998, and Pedro, 1999)
  • Hosana Rincon (Hosana Maza, 1999)
  • Jorge Rivera López (Ramiro Morán, 1995)
  • María Roji (Lidia Monteagudo, 2001)
  • Patricia Rozas (Rosa, 1998, and Laura in 2000)
  • Boris Rubaja (Ignacio, 1999)
  • Abel Saenz Buhr (Fernando Aguero, in 1995, credited as Abel Saez Buhr)
  • Adriana Salonia (Andrea, 1997)
  • Guillermo Santa Cruz (Guillermo, 1996 to 1998, and Javier Maza, 1999)
  • Patricio Schiavone (Patricio, 1998)
  • Agustín Sierra (Agustín Maza, 1999 to 2001)
  • Liliana Simoni (Sebas' Mother, 1999)
  • Patricia Sosa (Paula Casani, 2000)
  • Luciano Sposo (Rana, 1997)
  • Millie Stegman (Pía Pacheco Acevedo, 1999)
  • Santiago Stieben (Luis, alias Roña and, 1996 to 1998, and Santiago, alias Tiago, 1999)
  • Aldana Troncoso (Julieta, 2001)
  • Brian Vainberg (Tok, 2000)
  • Carolina Valverde (Lila, 1997)
  • Micaela Vázquez (Miki,2001)
  • Solange Verina (Veronica Cisneros, 1995 to 1996)
  • María Laura Vicos (Laura, 1995 to 1996)
  • Mariano Villa (Álvaro, 1998)
  • Monica Villa (Martirio, 1998)
  • Alicia Zanca (Amanda, 1997)


See Chiquititas soundtracks.

The original show includes twelve soundtracks, which were recorded by the actors of Chiquititas.


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