Yo amo a Juan Querendón

Yo Amo A Juan Querendón
Starring Eduardo Santamarina
Mayrín Villanueva
Alexis Ayala
Theme music composer Ruben Zepeda
Opening theme El Rey Tiburón, by Maná
Country of origin Mexico
Original language(s) Spanish
No. of episodes 260
Executive producer(s) Mapat L. de Zatarain
Producer(s) Marco Vinicio
Location(s) Cuernavaca Morelos Ciudad de México, 2007-2008
Running time 60 minutes
Original network Televisa
Picture format NTSC
Original release February 12, 2007 – February 8, 2008
Preceded by La Fea Mas Bella
Followed by Las Tontas No Van al Cielo

Yo Amo a Juan Querendón (I Love Irresistible Juan) is a Mexican telenovela that aired on Univision at 7pm/6c for one year beginning in February 2007. The plot surrounded the story of Juan Dominguez (played by Eduardo Santamarina) and his interactions with the Cachon Family. The program was a remake of Pedro El Escamoso, a Colombian telenovela .

Eduardo Santamarina and Mayrin Villanueva star as the main protagonists. While Alexis Ayala, Arleth Terán, Dacia Arcaráz and Renée Varsi star as the main antagonists.


Juan Dominguez, while walking the streets of Mexico City, comes across an attractive older woman, Nidia Cachon (portrayed by Sylvia Pasquel). After flirting with her, they proceed to go back to her house, where she attempts to seduce him. He starts to lose interest when her two daughters, Yadira (played by Dacia Arcaraz) and Marely (played by Florencia de Saracho) comes into the house. He instantly falls in love with Marely, quickly losing complete interest in Nidia. Not long after that, Nidia's husband returns home.

Nidia approaches her husband and gives him a hug and a kiss, making an excuse as to why Juan is at the house. Her husband quickly dismisses her and calls Juan into his office. All the while, a voice-over of Juan's thoughts is playing, which becomes a running schtick throughout the show.

In his office, the husband quickly explains how his life is no longer worth living. He produces a gun and leaves his family in the care of Juan. He then shoots himself in the head.

Second Family

It is quickly learned, as the viewing and funeral are being arranged, that the husband had had an affair years previously with a woman named Ana Davila (María Marcela), which produced another daughter, named Paula (Mayrín Villanueva). After hearing several discussions between mother and daughter on whether or not to go to the viewing of the late husband, it is learned that the affair between the late husband and Ana went on for a long time, only ending when the late husband learned that his wife, Nidia, was pregnant with their second child.

The Viewing

After much deliberation and arguing, Ana and Paula decide to go to the viewing. Well before they arrive, the characters of the Cachon Family begin to show their true colors, and two more characters are introduced. Nidia acts the part of the bereaved wife, while constantly hitting on Juan. The family lawyer, Alfirio Perefan, (Roberto D’amico) also tries to comfort Nidia, while subtly hinting that he is in love with her. Yadira is grieving with her boyfriend Enrique Bueno (Eugenio Bartilotti), who is only there because Yadira wants him to be. He often sleeps when bored and not actively engaged in conversation. Marely grieves by herself, getting angry with her mother and sister periodically because they are not acting appropriately.

Nidia gets progressively more drunk as the day goes on. She eventually claims that her late husband wanted a Mariachi band playing at his funeral and Juan goes out to find one. When he returns with the mariachis, they begin to play inside while he and Enrique dance. Marely gets angry with her mother for having the Mariachi band play, saying that this was the worst time for it. Juan takes the band outside, and not long after that the owner of the funeral home tells Juan to get rid of the band.

Around this time Ana and Paula show up at the viewing. A few minutes after arriving, Nidia notices them and starts to yell at them, telling them they have not right to be there. Ana yells back that they have every right, as Paula is the late man's daughter as well. Nidia makes a few nasty remarks about Ana and they begin to fight. While grabbing and hitting across the top of the coffin, they accidentally knock the coffin to the ground. Marely screams at them to stop. She remarks about how horrible and cruel her mother was being, on that day of all days, and leaves. About this same time, Juan is coming back in from dismissing the Mariachi band and sees Marely leaving. He tries to talk to her but she brushes him off.

The Will

The family has no more money because the late husband had donated it all to charity. He left the house to Paula and Ana. Nidia used her relationship with the lawyer to get him to make a fake copy of the will, saying the late husband left Paula and Ana nothing.

Empresas Farell

Paula had been attending university in the United States. She returned to Mexico to be with her mother, against her mother's wishes. She tells her mother that she wants to look for a job and live in Mexico either with or near her mother. She finds a job with a company called Empresas Farell, a food distributor. She would become Vice President and help find vendors for the company.

At the same time, Juan, who has been living in the Cachon household, decided to get a job, since the family no longer had any money. When he coincidentally finds a job as a chauffeur for Empresas Farell, he enlists the help of Enrique to learn how to drive. Enrique is a bus driver and after much persuasion, allows Juan to use his bus. Juan gets into an accident and then gets into a fight with the other driver.

Juan gets the job as chauffeur with Empresas Farel, but in order to empress Marely, he tells the Cachon family that he is actually a lawyer with the company. He becomes Paula's chauffeur and falls in love with her as well.

When Paula was hired at Empresas Farell, the president of the company, Cesar Luis Farell, took an instant liking to her. He flirts with her and leads her to believe that he might want to have a relationship with her. Paula learns almost immediately, from Cesar Luis's secretary Ivonne, that he is married and that Paula shouldn't get her hopes up. It is learned not long after that that Ivonne and Cesar Luis are having an affair. Ivonne expresses her almost instant contempt for Paula and Cesar Luis tells her there is nothing to worry about.

In the meantime, Juan makes friends with one of the other company chauffeurs, Fernando. Juan is looking for an excuse to take Marely out on a date. He convinces Fernando to come with him, taking out Yadira to make the whole thing seem more innocent. Fernando tells Yadira that he is also an executive lawyer for Empresas Farell. Because of this, Yadira breaks off her relationship with Enrique for the person who supposedly has more money. The whole Cachon family, at this point, thinks both Juan and Fernando are very important people in this company.

Paula Marries Cesar Luis

Paula, being the Vice President of the company, must work closely with Cesar Luis. He confides in her that his relationship with his wife is suffering. He tells her that he is going to file for divorce. At the same time Cesar Luis begins pursuing Paula, he stops his affair with Ivonne, who becomes very jealous and starts rumors. Meanwhile, Cesar Luis keeps seducing Paula while planning to divorce Monica. Paula falls in love with him and thinks he's already divorcing Monica. But because he can't work up the courage to break with his wife, he keeps living with her but makes excuses for rarely being at home, saying he is working late a lot. Monica begins to suspect Paula since she is working 24/7 with him and she knows her husband can't resist a beautiful young woman. Feeling her grip on Cesar Luis is slipping, Monica phones him and says she has something very important to tell him. After avoiding the phone calls for a while, Cesar Luis goes home very late, after making love with Paula. Intoxicated with love for Paula, he decides to break the news of the divorce to Monica. He tells her he has big news and she says she does also. He tells her to go first, and she says that she's pregnant.

Cesar Luis is shocked by this news. He decides to stay with Monica and cool it with Paula. Paula is heartbroken when she finds out through the office gossip that Monica is pregnant. Cesar Luis makes excuses to Paula and tries to keep her affections, but Paula is furious saying he lied to her all along. She finds a rebound in Juan, who has fallen in love with her and they become an instant couple. They agree to keep it subtle due to their jobs (she is VP and he is her chauffeur). Then at a company party, Cesar Luis, with Monica at his side, sees Paula and Juan together. Paula flirts blatantly with Juan in front of Cesar Luis. He goes crazy with jealousy and the next day fights with Juan in the Farell parking garage until they are both bleeding and bruised. After they fight, they agree to keep it from Paula and shake hands like gentlemen, but they still loath each other. Monica has a miscarriage and relies heavily on Paula for support, since Monica views Paula as a trusted friend. Not long after the miscarriage, Ceser Luis decides to tell Monica the truth about the affair between himself and Paula, and she asks for a divorce. She vows to make them suffer for all the pain and deception they caused.

After much seducing and despite her mother's warnings, Paula is again beguiled by Cesar Luis and they get married in a small church ceremony. Cesar Luis persuades Paula to quit the company and stay home (presumably so he can continue his office affairs without his new wife knowing). Monica sees an opportunity for revenge and decides to use her majority interest in the company to become VP, the same job Paula held when Monica was the stay-at-home wife. Juan runs into Paula and acts formal and distant. She asks why and he says she is a married woman. Paula becomes spiteful and tells him Juan that she never loved him and just flirted with him to make Cesar Luis jealous. Juan is crushed and leaves Mexico City.

Cesar Luis and Paula return from their honeymoon and Cesar Luis confesses to his secretary Ivonne that it wasn't that hot. He rekindles things with Ivonne and also is flirting with his ex-wife Monica who is now VP of Farell. Paula suspects he is having affairs & is consumed by insecurity. Her sister Marely works as a receptionist at Farell and spies on Monica and Cesar Luis. Cesar Luis complains that Paula has started to annoy him with her nagging and strong will. Paula and Cesar Luis argue and Paula decides to moves in with her Mom. Cesar Luis comes and orders her back home, but Paula's mom says he has no authority in her house and that the decision is up to Paula, not him. Paula stays but tells Cesar Luis it is only temporary. Monica, sensing the cracks in the marriage, sends a woman to befriend Paula and start a home-based business with her, but really to spy on Paula. Paula confesses to her mom and new "friend" that she regrets marrying Cesar Luis, that he is not the person she thought he was. She goes to bed dreaming of Juan. Later Paula gets a call from Juan and tries to tell him she misses him and loves him. But Juan tells her off for playing with his feelings and hangs up on her. Paula's new "friend" reports all of this back to Monica.

Juan Leaves the City

Nidia, who has since married Perefan, rekindles an old relationship at the wedding of Paula and Cesar Luis. She thinks she might be pregnant and starts panicking. Due to her strange behavior her family thinks she has terminal cancer. But she finds out what she thought was pregnancy is just indigestion. She starts seeing her ex while Perefan is at work. One day Perefan walks in on them at home, and she says he is just a friend paying a friendly visit and yells at him to go back to work. Yadira and Enrique get married (even though she tries to split through the whole ceremony) and Yadira gets pregnant and has a baby girl.

Meanwhile, Juan has gone back to his hometown of Achichipico with no money or prospects. On the road he meets a rich old Japanese businessman named Yasomoto whose car has died. He fixes Yasomoto's car and they agree to become business partners selling flowers grown in Achichipico. When he returns to town with this news everyone thinks Juan is rich too and greets him as a returned hero and benefactor. They stay with a greedy widow who realizes that it's Yasomoto who is rich, she seduces him and begs him to marry her (even though neither understands a word the other is saying). To convince him to marry she starts to have sex with him and he dies of a heart attack. Juan calls the relatives in Japan (saying only Yasomoto sayonara) his daughter gets the idea and flies in for his funeral. She is very sad but agrees her father's project should continue and keeps funding Juan's business. Also Juan discovers he has a son (7 years old) from an ex-girlfriend who died soon after. His son Juanito is being raised by relatives. He quickly bonds with his son who looks and acts just like Juan. Juan tries to avoid another ex-girlfriend Erlinda whom he jilted when they were teenagers. Erlinda follows him around crying wearing a black shroud, and her brothers are always plotting to kill or at least beat up Juan. But Juan always quick-talks them out of it and becomes a town leader. Juan meets a beautiful lawyer named Susana who falls in love with him and they go on romantic excursions together. But Erlinda tries to sabotage his budding romance with Susana, intercepting their love notes, and kissing Juan pretending to be Susana. Juan pursues the tearful Susana and they figure out it's a trick. Then they have passionate sex but Juan subconsciously calls out Paula's name. Juan does not know it but Susana realizes he's still in love with Paula. So Susana goes to another town but leaves him a sweet goodbye note saying he is a wonderful person and she hopes he will return someday to "his Paula".

In the end, Paula and Juan marry.



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