|Porque el amor manda|
|Written by||Alejandro Pohlenz, Marcia del Río and Ricardo Tejeda|
|Story by||Jörg Hiller, Claudia Sánchez and Catalina Coy|
|Directed by||Jorge Fons|
|Creative director||Juan Carlos González|
|Theme music composer|
|Country of origin||Mexico|
|No. of episodes||182|
|Executive producer||Juan Osorio|
|Original network||Canal de las Estrellas|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Audio format||Stereophonic sound|
|Original release||October 8, 2012 –|
June 16, 2013
|Preceded by||Por ella soy Eva|
|Followed by||Libre para amarte|
|Related shows||El secretario|
Porque el amor manda (literal translation Because Love Rules, but simply known in English speaking marketings as Love Rules) is a 2012 Mexican soap opera produced by Juan Osorio for Televisa. It is a remake of the Colombian telenovela El secretario, produced by Juan Andrés Flórez in 2011.
Fernando Colunga and Blanca Soto star as the protagonists, while Claudia Álvarez and Erick Elías star as the antagonists.
On October 8, 2012, Canal de las Estrellas started broadcasting Porque el amor manda weeknights at 8:25pm, replacing Por Ella Soy Eva. The last episode was broadcast on June 16, 2013, with Libre para amarte replacing it the following day. Production of Porque el amor manda officially started on August 13, 2012.
On March 11, 2013, Univision started broadcasting Porque el amor manda weeknights at 8pm/7c, replacing Por Ella Soy Eva. The last episode was broadcast on November 20, 2013, with Corazón Indomable replacing it. Starting December 2, Por Siempre mi Amor replaced one hour of Corazón Indomable, taking the former timeslot of Porque el amor manda at 8pm/7c until its conclusion on June 9, 2014.
Jesus is a really nice guy; he is always smiling, caring and looking at the bright side of life. He works as a pizza delivery guy and in a restaurant kitchen, too. He also studies administration at night. He arrived in Chicago six years ago when he left his hometown, Monterrey, after ending a tormenting relationship with Veronica, who suffocated him with her obsessive order. When they broke up, he decided to change his environment and left Mexico, chasing the American dream.
Through a social network, he finds out that Veronica has a 6-year-old daughter called Valentina. Immediately, Jesus realizes that lovely girl could be his daughter, and bringing his past back to life, he decides to call his ex-girlfriend and discover the truth. Verónica admits Valentina is his daughter but tells him that she does not need him in her life since she is married to a wonderful man; but Jesus is eager to meet his daughter, so he decides to get back. Since he has no money saved, he turns to Ury, a Russian immigrant and regular customer at the pizza restaurant. Ury helps him by buying the plane ticket for him, but in return, Ury asks Jesus to bring a suitcase full of clothes for an orphanage. Jesus accepts right away, happy to have the chance to meet his little daughter; however, he is unaware that the suitcase has a hidden compartment with almost a million dollars in it. Ury calls Rogelio Rivadeneira, owner and chairman to a successful company, and informs him that his money is on its way. Rogelio is an arrogant and successful man for whom the most important thing in life is himself. Not even Alma, his beautiful girlfriend, comes first in his heart.
When Jesus arrives at the airport in Monterrey, he is arrested for money laundering and is presented before the authority. Unbeknownst to Jesus, he has committed a federal crime, and with no other options, he tells everything he knows. This way, Ury is arrested in Chicago, and Jesus is freed under custody. When Rogelio learns he has lost nearly a million dollars, he swears to take revenge from the one who spoiled his business.
With his life completely destroyed, out of money, jobless and now with a criminal record, Jesus must start over. He shows up at Veronica's and he can finally hold Valentina in his arms, but Veronica demands him to have a job and a place to live in order to let him see his daughter again. He later forms a friendship with Veronica's husband Elias Franco.
When Alma, Rogelio's beautiful and talented girlfriend, discovers Rogelio's brother, Fernando, having an affair with one of the company's secretaries, she decides angrily to get a secretary with whom Fernando cannot fool around, and plans to hire the ugliest one there is. However, it is destiny that brings Jesus to apply for a job there. When Alma and Jesus meet... something happens between them...their looks, their hearts, they have fallen in love but without knowing it.
Jesus is looking for a job in the accounting department, and Alma is looking for a secretary, but none of them clarifies that and Alma thinks it is not a bad idea to have an efficient male secretary instead of a sexy woman. Ignoring his criminal record, she decides to hire Jesus without letting him know the position for which he is being hired.
Jesus finds a place to live at a tenement house, downtown. There, he meets his neighbor, Luisa Herrera ( nicknamed "Chatita"), a sophisticated woman who is in the first phase of Alzheimer, but happens to be absolutely adorable. That woman is like a mother to him.
When Jesus is told that he will be the company's secretary, he rejects the job, arguing that he is more than just a secretary and leaves the company angrily. Chatita reminds him that if he wants to see his daughter, he is to accept the job. This way, Jesus goes back to the company, ready to become the best of secretaries; however, he is unaware that the company's owner is also the owner of the suitcase full of money that was confiscated at the airport. On top of that, Fernando, who is also going to be his boss, has decided to make his life miserable in order to make him quit and have Jessica back.
A story full of misunderstandings, romance, comedy and melodrama; which shows the daily struggle of common people trying to survive their financial shortcomings and injustice in life. A story with endearing characters that highlights the fundamental values of life and proves that nothing is impossible when... love rules.[vague]
|1||"Porque el amor manda"||América Sierra FT. 3ballMTY|
|2||"El amor manda"||María José|
|3||"Vamos caminando al llamado de la luz"||Ninel Conde|
|5||"No me conoces aún"||Palomo|
|6||"Ayúdame a odiarte"||Palomo|
|7||"Te fuiste sin saber"||Fieebre|
|8||"Mi bello ángel"||Los Primos MX|
|9||"Pa salir de este infierno"||Palomo|
|11||"Solo dime que te gusta"||América Sierra|
|12||"Ya no sé quién soy"||América Sierra|
|13||"Dulce Valentina"||América Sierra|
|14||"Eres tú"||Marco di Mauro|
|15||"No volverá"||Diego Verdaguer|
|16||"Gracias a ti"||Alejandro Ávila|
|2012||Premios Actrices Latinas|
|Best Couple||Blanca Soto and Fernando Colunga||Nominated|
|Girl of my Dreams||Blanca Soto||Won|
|What a Hottie!||Fernando Colunga||Nominated|
|Best Theme Novelero||"Porque el Amor Manda" - América Sierra & 3BallMTY||Nominated|
|Premios People en Español|
|Best Telenovela||Juan Osorio||Won|
|Best Actress||Blanca Soto||Won|
|Best Actor||Fernando Colunga||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||María Elisa Camargo||Nominated|
|Best Male Antagonist||Erick Elías||Nominated|
|Best Female Antagonist||Claudia Álvarez||Nominated|
|Couple of the Year||Blanca Soto and Fernando Colunga||Won|
|Best New Talent||Jeimy Osorio||Nominated|