Domestic bliss, entertainment responsibilities and his promising role in the House, this young politician has now become a master of time management.
Without any doubt, actor-politician Congressman Alfred Vargas is a man of many blessings. And these blessings he shared to a number of people in so many impressive ways. And a fine example of this is his career in this side of showbiz which is currently bullish..
Currently, Alfred captures the hearts of his adoring public as the leading man opposite Carmina Villaroel and Jean Garcia in the top-rating soap opera Kambal Karibal on GMA network which will be extended to June.
In the primetime drama, Vargas gives life to the character of Allan, Jean Garcia’s term of endearment to his character in the GMA show is” Bebe Ko.”
Alfred shares with a with a smile, “I was surprised with the love that I am getting as Allan. Nowadays, I see myself as a 100 per cent public servant. So, when I learned that the Kapuso viewers are giving my character and portrayal so much love, natuwa ako. Parang, wow! May asim pa rin!”
He guffaws and carries on, “Knowing that I still have my loyal fans na naduoon from the start. they may not be as many, pero andiyan pa rin sila, kaya natutuwa sila. My heart is happy. I am truly grateful to all my fans.”
Vargas explains why Allan is relatable to many, “People always want to root for the underdog. Ang dami niyang pagkakamali and he is sincerely asking for a second chance and forgiveness. All of us, in my humble opinion, may mga pangyayaring ganun, his humanity is the biggest reason why nakaka-connect ang audience kay Allan.”
He adds, “Everywhere I go now, they call me Allan or “Bebe ko.” For quite some time, walang ganyan. Lagi na lang Cong. or Sir. Being addressed as such, nakakatuwa. It shows that they do watch the soap. I love my fans so much. They are like family to me.”
When Alfred left showbiz to try politics, he was elected Quezon City councilor in 2010 and went on to easily become the first representative of the newly-created fifth district of Quezon City in 2013. He won over his opponent with a staggering difference of 45,000 votes and in the 2016, he was unopposed.
Alfred’s blessings, of course, does not start and end with the hats he wears in public. He also enjoys a truly happy home life with his beautiful, loving and supportive wife Yasmine and their two lovely daughters.
The hands-on parents raise their children together, instilling values of love, fear of God and the importance of family by the example they show them. His busy schedule is never a deterrent to Alfred’s finding and dedicating time for them – even in simple things like eating dinner or lunch at home, or even attending to simple activities for his kids.
At home, the actor and the congressman is simply husband and dad. On Yasmien, he shares, “It feels great to wake up beside with a beautiful person inside and out. We may not have a perfect relationship. We do have problems and we resolve them by expressing ourselves, pero laging may respeto sa isa’t-isa. Our communication lines are always open.”
His two lovely daughters, Alexandra and Ariana know that he is a member of the House of Representatives. His eyes light up as he talks about them, ” Yes, I think they are aware that I work in Congress. Alam nila na they dad is a special person. Pero, yung what I do as congressman, hindi pa nila alam. Mas alam nila yung side ko as an actor because from time to time they get to watch my projects.”
Vargas’ description of his daughters, “Yung youngest, I see myself in her, akong-akong yun. Mas may inclination sa arts. My eldest, takes after their mom. At a young age, she is very organized and passionate.”
How does he balance all these? Vargas replies. “I just make sure to set my priorities straight and I sacrifice a lot of free time. This includes social life, vacations and some personal time. I am also quite lucky now to have a very dedicated and efficient staff in the office and thousands of loyal supporters in my district who help me become the best version of myself. My wife and kids are my main inspiration. And I thank God for all of these.”
Presently, he is finishing a Masters degree in Public Administration at the UP (Diliman) National College of Public Administration. And to pay it forward, he pursues with the following bills that he considers closest to his heart, like the Philippine Cancer Integration Act and the Philippine Independent Film Incentives Act.
The first bill, is important to him because his mother, died of cancer. He is so aware that it is not only the patient who suffers, but the family, as well. Vargas divulges, “From my experience at na-confirm ko naman na ito rin ang experience ng marami pang mga Pilipino na kapag nagkaroon ng cancer sa miyembro ng pamilya, parang bumabagsak yung pamilya, nawawalan ng pag-asa, nababaon sa utang. ‘Tapos after mangyari ang lahat, naiiwan yung pamilya na baon sa utang, walang magawa, ‘tapos bawat buwan palaki nang palaki ang utang.”
“Hndi lang para sa cancer patients, kundi para sa mga pamilya. Kasi cancer is not only about the patient. It is also equally important to the family. Ang gusto natin, before cancer, during cancer and after cancer, merong tulong yung gobyerno para sa mga pamilyang ito,”he declares.
What does he miss most about his mom (Susana)? With a tinge of sadness in his voice, he answers, “I miss my mom every day and I wish she was still here to guide me in making my major decisions. Now that she is gone, I have to make my decisions on my own. When both of my parents were still here, katulong ko sila sa pagde-decide. Now, I think it is part of being a man and growing more mature, you figure out for yourself na wala na sila. Ang namimiss ko, mas madali ang buhay kung may nagsasabi sa iyo kung ano ang tama.”
He admits, “I am still struggling, especially with the loss. Hindi pala totoo yung sinasbi nilang babang luksa. lalo na kung mother mo. It Is just a tradition. Deep in my heart, I don’t think I will get over it. I feel her. I miss her She will always be a part of me. I remember her all the time.”
One of the many life lessons that he cherishes, that his mom told him was the lesson on love. He recollects, “I remember on her death bed, sinabi niya sa akin, kung saan ka masaya, yun ang choice mo dapat. Love should make you happy, probably not all the time, pero it should be most of the times. Her best advice to me, listen to your heart. She saw my journey, my highs and lows in the romance department. Love can be disguised in so many ways, through compliment, through pride, through lust, through fame, through convenience. Minsan the beauty you see blinds you and you mistake it as love. Para di ka malito diyan, you should always listen to your heart.”