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Francis Baraan IV

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Francis Baraan IV
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Filipino Human Rights Activist
BornFrancis Martin Beltran Baraan
Dagupan City, Pangasinan
Other namesFrancis Baraan; Frank Baraan
EducationEnglish Major; MBA; Liberal Arts
Alma materUniversity of Western Australia; University of Asia and the Pacific; Lyceum-Northwestern University
OccupationHuman Rights Activist, political blogger, hotelier, entrepreneur, LGBT rights advocate
OrganisationSirom Hospitality Group, Inc.; Rappler; Human Rights Foundation; Oslo Freedom Forum
Known forBeing a Twitter celebrity; being a vocal Duterte critic; & human rights advocate
Notable workRappler blog; Literary blog; political blog
Home townDagupan City
Parent(s)Francisco "Toti" Fontelera Baraan III & Felicidad Villarda Beltran-Baraan
Twitter "http" has not been listed as valid URI scheme. http://twitter.com/MrFrankBaraan


Francis "Frank" Martin Beltran Baraan IV (born December 5, 1982, in Dagupan City) is a Filipino human rights activist [1], a political blogger[2], a social media activist[3], and an entrepreneur. He is the General Manager and owner of Sirom Beach House, an upscale boutique beachfront resort in Dasol, Pangasinan's Tambobong Beach. He is the eldest son of former Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III[4] and Felicidad Villarda Beltran Baraan.


Francis Baraan IV is the eldest among the four children of Francisco Fontelera Baraan III and Felicidad Beltran-Baraan. He was born in Dagupan City, Pangasinan.

He has two brothers, Amadeus "Deo" Baraan and Van Johann "VJ" Baraan, and one sister, Cielo Baraan-van der Torre. Amadeus Baraan is the second eldest. He is a dermatologist and a popular travel blogger. He is more popularly known as The Granduer Traveler, which is also the name of his travel blog. VJ Baraan, the youngest, is an Operations executive at the telecommunications company Converge. Cielo Baraan-van der Torre, the third child and the only girl, is a full-time Mom and wife to Bouke van der Torre, a Dutch gentleman. She is the Marketing Director of Sapph Philippines, the Philippine franchise of the luxury lingerie and swimwear line from Europe, which is also owned by the Baraans and the van der Torres of the Netherlands.


Francis Baraan finished his Bachelor of Arts in English at Lyceum Northwestern University. He also went to the University of Asia and the Pacific for 2 years of Liberal Arts studies. Baraan also attended University of Western Australias's Manila branch to obtain a Master's degree in Business Administration, but quit school after one semester.


Apart from being a human rights advocate, Francis Baraan also sponsored the "I Am Not Immoral" event, a video-photo project that served as the peaceful response of the the LGBT community against discrimination. Celebrity photographer Niccolo Cosme and LGBT activists Jethro Patalinghug and Bruce Portugal Amoroto joined him in organizing the event. Then Congresswoman, & now Senator Risa Hontiveros, a vocal LGBT ally, was the guest of honor. [5] [6]

Social Media Activism[edit]

Francis Baraan IV has become a Twitter celebrity in his own right due. His anti-Duterte and anti-Trump tweets have become popular among the human rights and liberal crowd from all over the world, especially those from the Philippines and USA. Baraan's tweets are always among the tweets in the trending sections.

Being a human rights advocate & pro-democracy social media activist, Francis Baraan's posts on social media are critical of President Rodrigo Duterte and his controversial War on Drugs policies, which has been criticized by human rights organizations for its brutality and barbarism. He is also critical of the egregious policies of President Donald Trump.

He has also slammed Senator Manny Pacquiao,[7] a staunch ally of President, when the senator said the Bible says it's okay for the government to kill people. This did not sit well with Baraan and went on Twitter to voice out his disagreement with Pacquiao's statement.

Another vocal Duterte supporter, Filipino actor Robin Padilla, was also slammed by Baraan[8], when the actor posted a video of himself on Facebook saying former Senator <Franklin Drilon>, was violating the Constitution, and after the actor hit the critics of President Duterte.




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