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Candela Peña Aka Rosario Porto And Her Reel Life Husband Responsible For Asunta’s Tragic Ending

Since the plot of Netflix’s new series is based on actual events, audiences around the world are paying close attention to it and are kept on the edge of their seats.

The highly anticipated thriller series based on the true murder story was released on Netflix on April 26, 2024, and is still trending.


  • Netflix’s latest series, based on a true murder case, has captured global attention due to its gripping portrayal of actual events. The tragic tale hooks viewers and keeps them on the edge of their seats.
  • Candela Peña is unmarried in real life, contrary to her role as Rosario, in which she was married to Alfonso Basterra, a character played by Tristán Ulloa.
  • As the series delves into the couple’s deteriorating marriage, mental health issues, and, ultimately, the tragic passing away of their daughter, it raises questions about the depths of humanity and the horrors that can occur within seemingly “perfect” families.

The series’ popularity made it soar to Netflix’s Top 10 position, ranking second globally just behind the drama Baby Reindeer on the Race.

On April 8, it recorded a staggering 5.4 million views, which was very high within 48 hours of the release.

With the drama’s popularity, people look for the real-life marriage of Candela Peña, raising curiosities about her off-scree husband because she portrayed the character so well in the series.

The series tells the heartbreaking story of a 12-year-old girl who is ruthlessly murdered by her adoptive parents.

Candela Peña Is Unmarried In Real Life, But Her On-Screen Husband Was Tristán Ulloa

The mini-series features Candela Peña and Tristán Ulloa as its main cast.

Candela Peña plays Rosario Porto, Asunta’s adoptive mother and a successful lawyer from a well-off family.

Similarly, Tristán Ulloa plays Alfonso Basterra, who is a photojournalist.

Candela Peña has yet to tie the knot off-screen, unlike in her role as Rosario, where she married Alfonso Basterra.

When Rosario discovered they could never get pregnant, they adopted Asunta Fong Yang from China.

The Basterra-Portos were known as a picture-perfect family to their neighbors and loved ones.

However, Rosario was terminally ill with an autoimmune disorder, Lupus, and was suffering from mental health issues.

With her struggling physical and mental health condition, she had a hard time managing her emotional dispute and ultimately fell out of love.

Their marriage started to fall apart, and she started having physical relationships outside of marriage.

Soon, they parted ways and were co-parenting Asunta as she was still young.

On the other hand, Alfonso had difficulty accepting their divorce and how her wife easily fell out of love.

The series depicts the misogyny in Alfonso’s behavior, hinting at the probability that he might have been an abusive father.

Asunta Was Found Dead By Asphyxiation Due To Overdose Of Pills

On September 21, 2013, Alfonso and Rosario reported Asunta’s disappearance to the police.

The case surfaced in the eyes of the public and the concerned authorities after her body was found in the Spanish countryside on the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela.

Upon further investigation, evidence pointed towards them that they could be behind Asunta’s death.

Later, Rosario and Alfonso were held accountable for killing their own daughter by pill overdose and were sentenced to 18 years behind bars.

While serving her time behind bars, Rosario hanged herself to death, leaving the viewers in awe of how can demons like Rosario and Alfonso exist in the real world.

The question still remains: how can anyone be so heartless and occupied in their own trauma that they end up taking the lives of their loved ones?

Additional Information

  • A hypothesis encompassing Asunta’s death suggests that she inherited her Chinese ancestors’ property, and her adoptive parents killed her for a hefty sum.
  • There is a second assumption that Asunta might have been mercilessly killed as her parents had higher expectations for her, and they ended her life due to the frustration of her not meeting those high levels of expectations.
  • Asunta was found to be in an overdose of anxiety medication called Lorazepam over a prolonged period.
Selena Maharjan
Selena Maharjan
Selena is highly passionate about writing and loves using artistic storytelling style, which blends facts and creativity. Her affinity for writing and her desire to create an impact through her words led her to pursue a career in content writing despite having a degree in Biotechnology.


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