Ate Glow

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Ate Glow
Born Rene Boy Facunla
(1981-03-10) March 10, 1981 (age 37)
Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Other names Renee Hampshire
Occupation Actress, comedian, impersonator
Years active 2003-2014
Notable work Impersonation of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo under the stage name, "Ate Glow".

Renee Hampshire, better known by her stage name Ate Glow is a Filipino comedian and actress who is known for her impersonation of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Early life[edit]

Glow was born Rene Boy Facunla in March 10, 1981. She was the fourth child in a family of four. Glow says that there was never any problem for her parents, including her police officer father, regarding her gender identity.[1] She began to learn about her gender identity when she was three or four years old realizing that she isn't a straight male. She was said by her father to be feminine but Glow has stated that she wasn't the "typical gay" during her childhood who likes to play Barbie dolls and prefers tumbang preso and luksong baka which she describes as games for boys.[2]

Glow was an honor student and joined extra-curricular activities during her elementary and high school years. She described herself as a flamboyant and talkative person who was involved in extracurricular school activities which involves teaching dance, singing and play-acting.[3] She attended the University of the Philippines where she graduated from college.[2]

Career[edit]

Ate Glow made her first public appearance in 2003 as part of Live Aids, UP SAMASKOM as an impersonator of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Her first television appearance was at Wazzup Wazzup as a street segment host. Her first film stint was in the 2004 film My First Romance where she appeared as the character "Yaya Glow".[2]

Ate Glow became best known for her comedic impersonation of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and in 2005, Arroyo herself picked her as the ambassador of her administration's anti-illegal drugs campaign. Arroyo reportedly liked Glow's impersonation of her since the latter was described by the former as a smart person. Glow's fame gradually declined with the end of Arroyo's term as president in 2010 last appearing in the 2012 film Moron 5 and the Crying Lady.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Ate Glow identifies herself as a straight transgender woman.[4] She had two serious relationships before her marriage; one with a Filipino and another with an Irish Caucasian man in Dublin.[4] In 2013, Glow met a British man who she would later marry while visiting a friend in London. In July 2, 2016 she got married to a British man at the Chelsea Registry Office. Her husband was aware of her gender identity when they got married.[5][6] After her marriage, Glow reportedly goes by the name Renee Hampshire.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Macapendeg, Mac (11 February 2014). "Ang buhay at pag-ibig ni Rene Boy 'Ate Glow' Facunla" [The Life and Romance of Rene Boy 'Ate Glow' Facunla] (in Filipino). GMA News. Retrieved 24 October 2016. Ayon kay Ate Glow, kailanman ay hindi naging problema ang pagiging bakla nito sa kaniyang pamilya at tanggap na siya ng kaniyang ama na isang pulis noong nabubuhay pa ito.[According to Ate Glow, the family never had problems regarding her being gay and he is accepted by his father who is a police officer when he was still alive.] 
  2. ^ a b c d Macapendeg, Mac (11 February 2014). "Ang buhay at pag-ibig ni Rene Boy 'Ate Glow' Facunla" [The Life and Romance of Rene Boy 'Ate Glow' Facunla] (in Filipino). GMA News. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Macapendeg, Mac (11 February 2014). "Ang buhay at pag-ibig ni Rene Boy 'Ate Glow' Facunla" [The Life and Romance of Rene Boy 'Ate Glow' Facunla] (in Filipino). GMA News. Retrieved 24 October 2016. "Napaka flamboyant ko as a person, maingay ako. Lahat ng mga extra-curricular sa school namin mula elementary sinalihan ko, ako 'yong nagturo ng sayaw, ako 'yong kumakanta, ako 'yong sa mga play, lahat," pahayag nito (ni Ate Glow).["I was flaboyant as a person, I was talkative. I joined all extra-curricular activity groups in school. As early as elementary I joined, I was the one who taught dancing, I was the one who sang, I was the one who got involved in the play", she (Ate Glow) said. 
  4. ^ a b c "Ate Glow on Angelina Mead King: Love knows no gender". ABS-CBN News. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo impersonator Ate Glow gets married". Rappler. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Ate Glow marries British beau". The Philippine Star. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 

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