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Alfred Vargas
Rep. Alfred Vargas (18th Congress PH).jpg
Member of the
Quezon City Council
Assumed office
June 30, 2022
Constituency 5th District
In office
June 30, 2010 – June 30, 2013
Constituency 2nd District
Member of the
Philippine House of Representatives
from Quezon City's 5th district
In office
June 30, 2013 – June 30, 2022
Preceded by District created
Succeeded by Patrick Michael Vargas
Personal details
Alfredo Paolo Dumlao Vargas III

(1979-10-24) October 24, 1979 (age 44)
San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
Political party PDP–Laban (2017–present)
Other political
Lakas-CMD (2009–2010)
Liberal (2010–2017)
Yasmine Espiritu
(m. 2010)
Relations Patrick Michael "PM" Vargas (brother)
Children 3
Education Ateneo de Manila University (AB)
University of the Philippines Diliman (MPA)
  • TV host
  • actor
  • entrepreneur
  • politician

Alfredo Paolo Dumlao Vargas III (born October 24, 1979), professionally known as Alfred Vargas, is a Filipino politician, actor, and model serving as a councilor of Quezon City from the 5th district since 2022. He previously served as a city councilor from the 2nd district from 2010 to 2013 and as representative from the 5th district from 2013 to 2022. As an actor, he is known for his portrayal of Aquil and Amarro in the Encantadia franchise.

Biography and career

Vargas was born on October 24, 1979, in San Juan, Metro Manila to Alfredo "Freddieboy" Vargas, Jr. and Atty. Susana Dumlao-Vargas.

He graduated in A.B. Management Economics in Ateneo de Manila University. For his graduate studies, he went to the University of the Philippines Diliman and earned his master's degree in Public Administration.

As an actor, he started his career as a member of ABS-CBN Star Magic (formerly Star Circle) acting workshop Batch 10. From there, he had his TV role in the drama soap opera, Pangako Sa'yo, from the same network. But this Ateneo de Manila graduate was acting in theatre long before the talent scouts lured him into television.

His breakthrough role came in the film Bridal Shower. After this, Vargas moved to the GMA Network where he featured in three shows in Philippine television: the daytime drama series, Daisy Siete, the fantasy series, Encantadia (as Aquil), and its prequel series Etheria (as Amarro, Aquil's father).

He played the leading role on the GMA daytime series Muli, opposite the Malaysian actress Carrie Lee and Marian Rivera as well as being part of the cast of Impostora in 2007. In 2008, he worked again with Marian Rivera in Dyesebel. He is also part of the upcoming installment of Una Kang Naging Akin co-starring Angelika dela Cruz, in which he plays "Ronnie".

His most recent movie projects include Status: Single and When I Met U. He is set to do an indie film, Amamanhig. In 2009, he appeared in All About Eve where he is reunited with his Impostora castmates Sunshine Dizon, Iza Calzado, and Mark Anthony Fernandez. He then made a villainous turn when he played the pirate captain Lima Wong in Zorro. He went on to play "Gabriel" in Darna but had to leave the series as he applied for candidacy for councilor.

In 2010, Alfred Vargas was reappearing in "Darna", becoming a successful reporter. In December 2010, he returned to ABS-CBN and did projects for the network without contract as he was a public servant serving and cannot be exclusive. In January 2017, he returned to his home network GMA Network and it would serve as Vargas comeback project after being on a hiatus for two years. This led to a familiar role as "Amarro", the father of Aquil in Encantadia's remake.

He was working on a GMA soap opera, which turned out to be Kambal, Karibal while still balancing his congressional work.


In Quezon City local elections for District 2 on May 10, 2010, he was elected city councilor, with the second-highest number of votes in the district.

Vargas won for the Congress in 2013, due to reapportioning from 2nd district to newly created 5th district of Quezon City which consist parts of Novaliches area, under the administration (LP/NP/NPC/NUP) coalition. His opponents were former old 2nd district Representatives Annie Rosa Susano (of Lakas) and Dante Liban (of the United Nationalist Alliance).

In 2016, Vargas ran for another term unopposed. He garnered 85% of the votes, a very high statistic considering he was an unopposed candidate.

In 2017, he left the Liberal Party for PDP–Laban, the ruling party under President Rodrigo Duterte. In 2019, Vargas was reelected under the local ticket of Hugpong ng Pagbabago, defeating 4 other candidates.

He has passed Republic Acts including RA 10931 Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, RA 10645 mandating PhilHealth coverage for all senior citizens, RA 10747 Rare Diseases Act of the Philippines. He constantly campaigns for vulnerable sector such as Persons With Disabilities and cancer patients. Likewise, he is known to push for traffic alleviation through Point-to-Point or P2P methods.

Being term-limited, Vargas ran for councilor and switched places with his brother, councilor Patrick Michael Vargas, in 2022. They both won in the elections.

House committee and memberships

Committee Position
Social Services Chairperson
Appropriations Vice Chairperson
Basic Education And Culture Member for the Majority
Ecology Member for the Majority
Government Enterprises And Privatization Member for the Majority
Housing And Urban Development Member for the Majority
Information And Communications Technology Member for the Majority
Legislative Franchises Member for the Majority
Metro Manila Development Member for the Majority
National Defense And Security Member for the Majority
Natural Resources Member for the Majority
Science And Technology Member for the Majority
Transportation Member for the Majority
Youth And Sports Development Member for the Majority

Republic Acts

Serving two terms as a Congressman of District 5, Quezon City, Rep. Alfred Vargas was able to pass 17 Republic Acts:

Republic Act No. Short Title Full Title
RA 10644 Go Negosyo Act An Act promoting job generation and inclusive growth through the development of micro, small and medium enterprises
RA 10645 Member for the Majority An Act providing for the mandatory PhilHealth coverage for all senior citizens, amending for the purpose Republic Act No. 7423, as amended by RA 9994, otherwise known as the "Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010"
RA 10646 Charter of the Quezon City Development Authority An Act creating the Quezon City Development Authority (QCDA), defining its powers and functions, providing for its organizational structure and capitalization
RA 10648 Iskolar ng Bayan Act of 2015 An Act providing scholarship grants to top graduates of all public high schools in state universities and colleges and appropriating funds therefore
RA 10667 Philippine Competition Act An Act providing for a National Competition Policy prohibiting anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominant position and anti-competitive mergers and acquisitions, establishing the Philippine Competition Commission and appropriating funds therefore
RA 10668 An Act allowing foreign vessels to transport and co-load foreign cargoes for domestic transshipment and for other purposes
RA 10679 Youth Entrepreneurship Act An Act promoting entrepreneurship and financial education among Filipino youth
RA 10687 Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST) Act An Act providing for a comprehensive and unified student financial assistance system for tertiary education (UniFAST), thereby rationalizing access thereto, appropriating funds therefor and for other purposes
RA 10716 An Act changing the name of Batasan Hills National High School in Barangay Batasan Hills, City of Quezon, Metro Manila to Corazon C. Aquino National High School
RA 10742 Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015 An Act establishing reforms in the Sangguniang Kabataan, creating enabling mechanisms for meaningful youth participation in nation-building, and for other purposes
RA 10747 Rare Diseases Act of the Philippines An Act promulgating a comprehensive policy in addressing the needs of persons with rare disease
RA 10867 NBI Reorganization and Modernization Act An Act reorganizing and modernizing the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and providing funds therefor
RA 10906 Anti-Mail Order Spouse Act An Act providing stronger measures against unlawful practices, businesses, and schemes of matching and offering Filipinos to foreign nationals for purposes of marriage or common law partnership, repealing for the purpose RA 6955, also referred to as the "Anti-Mail Order Bride Law"
RA 10916 Road Speed Limiter Act of 2016 An Act requiring the mandatory installation of speed limiter in public utility and certain types of vehicles
RA 10922 Economic and Financial Literacy Act An Act declaring the second week of November of every week as Economic and Financial Literacy Week
RA 10930 An Act Rationalizing and Strengthening the Policy Regarding Driver's License By Extending the Validity Period of Driver's Licenses, and Penalizing Acts in Violation of its Issuance and Application, Amending for those Purposes Section 23 of Republic Act No. 4136, as Amended by Batas Pambansa Blg. 398 and Executive Order No. 1011, Otherwise Known as the Land Transportation and Traffic Code
RA 10931 Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act An Act Promoting Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education by Providing for Free Tuition and other School Fees in State Universities and Colleges, Local Universities and Colleges and State-Rum Technical-Vocational Institutions, Establishing the Tertiary Education Subsidy and Student Loan Program, Strengthening the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education, and Appropriating Funds Therefore,



Year Title Role Notes Source
2000–2002 Pangako Sa 'Yo Dyno Zuryete
2003 Tipong Pinoy Himself – Host
2001–2003 Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan Lauro
2004 Marinara Felipe
2005 Encantadia Aquil
Love to Love Mike
2005—2006 Etheria Amarro
2006 Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas Aquil
I Luv NY Sebastian Santos
Komiks Presents: Kapitan Aksyon Kapitan Aksyon
Ang Pagbabago Himself – Host
2007 Magic Kamison Jaren Absede
Muli Lukas Estadilla
Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang: Ang Prinsipeng Mahaba ang Ilong Benito
Impostora Dr. Carlos Pambide
2007—2008 Sine Novela: My Only Love Emman Angeles
2008 E.S.P. Dave
Mars Ravelo's Dyesebel Erebus
Sine Novela: Una Kang Naging Akin Ronnie Bautista
2009 All About Eve Warren Bautista
Zorro Captain Lima Wong
Dear Friend Ron Episode: "Karibal"
2009—2010 Mars Ravelo's Darna Gabriel Ramirez
2011 Pablo S. Gomez's Mutya Prince Irvin
2011—2012 Ikaw ay Pag-Ibig Mario Reyes
2012 Lorenzo's Time Dr. Carlos Ramirez
Maalaala Mo Kaya Lenny Episode: "Gayuma"
2013 Wansapanataym Mr. Perez Episode: "Si Pam Pabaya At Ang Mahiwagang Goldfish"
2015 Magpakailanman Edgardo Episode: "Ang Batang Isinilang Sa Bilangguan" with Gwen Zamora
2016—2017 Encantadia Amarro
2017 Tadhana Joshua Pettigrew
2017—2018 Kambal, Karibal Allan Magpantay
2019 Magkaagaw Mario Santos
2021 Legal Wives Naseer Makadatu
2022 Unica Hija Christian Sebastian
2023 AraBella Ariel Abarro


Year Title Role Notes Source
2003 Liberated James
2004 Bridal Shower Joebert Pugeda
2005 Bikini Open Ross Ortega
Ang Lagusan Noni
2006 I Wanna Be Happy Ken
Gigil Felix
Zsazsa Zaturnnah Ze Moveeh Dodong
2007 Faces of Love
Banal Jayson Ramos
2009 Status: Single Sean
When I Met U Albert
Colorum Simon Madriga
2011 Amamanhig Ben Jalandoni
2012 Supremo Andres Bonifacio
2015 Felix Manalo Prudencio Vasquez
2017 Ang Guro Kong 'Di Marunong Magbasa
2018 Badge of Honor: To Serve and Protect PMaj. Rolando Ramos Theatrically released nationwide
on August 16, 2023
2019 Wild Little Love Luis
2020 Tagpuan
2023 PIETA Isaac


As a public servant, Congressman Alfred Vargas garnered the following awards:

  • 2013 MWWF Gintong Palad Award for Public Service
  • Dekada Awardee, Gallery of Distinction, Golden Screen Awards
  • Most Outstanding City Councilor, Manuel L. Quezon Bantayog Award, 2013
  • Most Outstanding Councilor, Manuel L. Quezon Bantayog Award, 2012
  • Special Award for Excellence in Public Service for 2012, Aliw Awards Foundation, Inc.
  • Gintong Kabataan Award, Bulacan Outstanding Youth Achievement Award, 2008
  • Outstanding Surigaonon Award for Theater and Arts, Rotary Club, 2007

He won the following as an actor:

  • Best Actor, 10th Golden Screen Awards for Supremo
  • Eastwood Walk of Fame Award, 2012
  • Huwarang Artista sa Larangan ng Serbisyo Publiko, Famas Awards, 2012
  • Dangal ng Lipi Award, 2010 Best Actor, MTRCB, 2010
  • Best Actor Nominee, Gawad Urian Awards, 2010
  • Top 10 Bachelors of 2007, Cosmopolitan Magazine
  • Breakthrough Performance by an Actor, Golden Screen Awards, 2004
  • 2nd Golden Screen Entertainment TV Awards of Enpress – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama series for Encantadia (nominated, tied with Pen Medina)
  • Gawad Urian – Best Supporting Actor for Bridal Shower (nominated)
  • Golden Screen Award – Breakthrough Performance by an Actor for Bridal Shower (won)
  • 2012 35th Gawad Urian Awards – Best Actor (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktor) for Teoriya (nominated)
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