BY: Pilar Mateo

CONGRESSMAN Alfred Vargas never misses the chance to share things about his personal life as a husband and father in his social media accounts.

Especially when it is about the celebrations or the milestones happening to him and his family.

And during this pandemic, he spends so much time with his three kids with the queen of the Vargas home.

“For the past year, my kids just stayed at home and had no interaction at all with friends and relatives.

“We had a family zoom prayer session for Mom’s 7th death anniversary and the whole family was there. We’re a tightly knit family who enjoys celebrations through stories, songs, board games, and laughter.

“Cristiano, Ching, and Ary were so happy to see their cousins. All of them, all grown up so suddenly. Naglalakihan na ang mga bata sa loob ng bahay. We adjust to the times. Matatapos din itong pandemya. Being a father during this time makes me worry from time to time.

“Bilib din naman ako sa mga bata kasi they were able to adjust accordingly. Pero iba pa rin ang face to face interaction and personal friendship. Ibang iba sa zoom relationships. I can’t wait to see our relatives again in person, hug them, laugh with them, celebrate with them.

“Stay safe and well, everyone. Kaya natin ito. We will triumph against this pandemic!”

Just weeks ago, it was their anniversary that Alfred shared with his family, friends and netizens. Their 13th!

It was a special Happy Anniversary❤ at home where the kids enjoyed Alfred’s favorites, the rigatoni al ragù and homemade ube gelato.

Usually, one can find Alfred in front of his computer in his study room, doing the checking on his constituents with the help of his indefatigable brother Councilor PM who makes the physical rounds.

PM Vargas makes the rounds going door-to-door bringing food to the tables, medicines, and other necessities that their District need. With the numerous projects they have prepared for their netizens especially in this hard up times the brothers are looking forward to putting the smiles in the people’s faces.

Alfred just wants to focus his attention to the health and well-being of each and every person in Quezon City, if not the whole planet!


AS THE WORLD turns, no one knows what will happen today and tomorrow.

Another sad day. For another friend. As her dearest Mom passed away.

Sandra P. Noblejas Garcia (January 22, 1951 – March 30, 2021) is the mother of actress Jean Garcia.

In her FB page, Jean shared her message to her Mommy dearest.

“In my garden of flowers the most beautiful one was picked by God and taken away. But I will continue watering the garden so it could bear more beautiful flowers like you.

“My family lost a beautiful soul 🙏🏻

“The past days had been rough. I’ve been tirelessly uttering my prayer petition that your healing would be the best gift that God would ever grant our family.

“Even bargained and promised to give more time and do my best to take care of you, in exchange of the healing and miracle I am asking and hoping for. But, yes, GOD has other plans for us. Exactly on your 7th day at the hospital, I lost an amazing mom whom I love so dearly.

“Honestly, I didn’t think it would be this soon. Sorrowful thoughts continuously crossed my mind so many times that I have lost count, so many “wonder” lists that I still ask God.

“I wonder what life would be like if you were still here? I wonder who I would be if you were still here? I wonder what we would all be like. Yes, I keep on wondering about the different ways things would have turned out…with you STILL in our lives.

“But, whenever I try to accomplish the thoughts, I am being reminded that, “God’s timing is unquestionable and in Him, you should always seek refuge, for He will never abandon you.

“I am forever grateful to God for giving you to us, and while we were still in the midst of battling through life’s ups and downs together…

“He suddenly called you back home. Mommy, know that you are missed. Your absence is felt every day. A part of me is still lost and I am wondering if I will ever get it back. Maybe that piece is in heaven with you and someday you can put it back in me, so I will be whole again. It will never get easier losing you while there are so many things reminding me of you and your love, but in your honor I will live a life that would have made you proud of me if you were still here.

“You may not be physically here anymore, but your love and light will live on forever. Your memory will forever give me strength. So fly high now my dearest Mommy and do not ever forget that I will carry you here in my heart wherever I go…forever.

“I love you Mommy…until we meet again, Chic-chic

“In life, we loved you dearly. In death, we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place, no one else will ever fill.”

May Mommy Sandra find eternal peace in the loving arms of the Father.

I remember Mommy Sandra as a funny person, a “cowboy”, generous, “makwento”, “maalaga” and so loved ng press who got to know and be close to her.

She will be sorely missed! (30)

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