Second-term Quezon City Representative and actor Alfred Vargas held a thanksgiving luncheon just before the long Halloween-All Souls Day weekend to celebrate the many blessings he received and achievements he made as he turned 37-years-old on October 24.
“At 37, I have a lot to be grateful for—my beautiful wife, Yasmine, whom I will marry again in church next year, two wonderful daughters, and a career in public service that is surely one of the most fulfilling careers in one’s lifetime,” Vargas said.
The actor-politician proposed for the second time to his Filipino-Italian wife in July, and received an overwhelming yes. They had a civil wedding in 2010 and are busy preparing for their church wedding ceremony in July 2017.
Fatherhood has played a big role in Vargas’ life. “I make sure I wake up extra early during weekdays so I can personally bring my kids to school, and I strive to be home by 7 p.m. everyday so my family and I can have dinner together,” shared Vargas. “Nothing beats spending quality time with the family.”
Vargas has also been busy working on his legislative agenda soon as he assumed his second term in Congress. He was recently appointed Vice Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, a coveted position in Congress that brings with it the enormous responsibility of defending the budgets of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the National Housing Authority (NHA), and the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC). All three government agencies’ budgets gained approval.
While Vargas may be one of the younger lawmakers in the Lower House, and has no political lineage to back his ascent in politics, he continues to impress the more senior members of Congress with his legislation initiatives.
During the 16th Congress, he was able to pass into law 15 Republic Acts, including the Mandatory Philhealth Coverage for All Senior Citizens. Another feather to his cap is his perfect attendance record, as well as being included among the top congressmen in terms of legislative performance. Today, barely five months into his second term, he has submitted over 100 principally authored bills.
Vargas may have a lot of things to be proud of but said he is far from being accomplished and complacent, as these things are only pushing him to outdo himself.
Quoting the mantra of socio-civic organization Jaycees International, of which he was recently elected as chapter president, “Service to humanity is the best work of life,” Vargas concluded.