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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Aug 22, 2020


WE LAST SAW CONG. ALFRED VARGAS when he had a presscon for his movie, “Tagpuan”, an entry in the supposed summer filmfest last April that was shelved because of the pandemic.

He was quite heavy then and he said he’s aware he’s overweight. We were surprised when we saw his latest photos in his social media accounts as he has obviously lost a lot of weight.

“I’ve lost more than 50 lbs. because of the lockdown, from 228 to 175,” he says. “While at home, I did a lot of workouts na sinabayan ko ng right diet. Almost five months na akong nagda-diet and exercise.

"With the lockdown, I also got to bond and spend more time with my wife Yasmine, and our three kids, Alexandra, Aryanna and Alfred Cristiano.”

As a stress-reliever, he also listens to music everyday.

“Music has always been therapeutic for me especially this time that the stress the pandemic brings is quite overwhel­ming. I listen for about 20 to 30 minutes everyday, while taking a rest, or sometimes with my bunso, baby boy Cristiano.

"He loves music as well and always dances to the beat. I listen to analogue music on vinyl kasi it has a different feel to it. Mas totoo ‘yung sound. Mas maganda pakinggan. Tumatagos sa puso.”

So what happens now to “Tagpuan” where he co-stars with Iza Calzado and Shaina Magdayao, written by Ricky Lee and directed by Mac Alejandre?

“We’re not sure yet,” says Alfred. “We’ll just have to wait and see. What we’re sure of is we have a very good movie we are all proud of.

"But as of now, we don’t know yet as to when the pandemic will end at kung kailan uli puedeng magbukas ang mga sinehan, so maghintay na lang tayo sa pagdating ng tamang panahon at ng tamang playdate.”