Raine Baljak

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February 2018 Raine Baljak is gracing the Maiden Issue launching of Southwall Magazine where she contributes as a beauty and wellness columnist.

Raine Baljak (born 12 December 1996) is a Filipina model, columnist and internet personality[1][2][3]

She attended Cebu International School. She was a host for television program with Drop Decay vocalist Tony Alfonso and DJ Joah Go on MyTV Channel Cebu.[4][5] In May 2014, Raine and her mother, Merce Abellana [6] (former Miss Cebu's 5 Prettiest 1986)[7] have been the ambassadresses and endorsers to Oro Galleria Fine Jewelry of the Oro China Jewelry Group.[8]

Early life

Baljak is a Cebuana of Croatian, Spanish and Chinese descent. She was born in Sydney, Australia but moved to Cebu City, Philippines as a child.[9][10]

In her childhood, she remembers raising money with her cousin to contribute a small playground built in Maslog that still exists today.[10] She has mentioned in interviews that she enjoys rock climbing [1] and in a 2006 Freeman article she won first place at ten years old in an Aboitiz Baseline Climbing competition.[11] In 2013 and 2014, Baljak competed in Manila for the International Schools Athletics Conference representing CIS Girls Basketball team.[12][13] She has also volunteered for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in September 2013 - January 2014.[14] In February 2014, Baljak volunteered for the Yellow Boat Foundation.[15] On Baljak's graduating year from Cebu International School, her Visual Arts class exhibited their artworks at the Ayala Center Cebu on March 16–24, 2015.[16]

While Miss Cebu is her first pageant, Baljak is not a complete stranger to them. Her mom, Merce Abellana was crowned one of Miss Cebu's 5 Prettiest 1986 and was also Miss Mandaue 1984 third runner-up and Binibining Pilipinas 1990 Top ten.[17] Her aunt Mae Beverly Lao-Abellana was a Binibining Pilipinas 1981 finalist. Her grandmother Maria Fe was and great-grandmother Mercedes Durano Lao were also beauty queens, having been Miss Danao during their times.[9]

Alongside the beauty queens, the men in Raine's family were also quite the achievers, with her great-grandfather Gregorio Abellana having fought against the Spanish as a Katipunero, while her grandfathers Jovito Abellana and Reuben Lao fought in World War II.[9] Jovito Abellana's memoir, My Moments of War to Remember By, was published in 2011 by the University of San Carlos Press.[18]

Miss Cebu 2016

Raine Baljak was candidate number 9 for Miss Cebu 2016. The pre-pageant was held at the Ayala Center Cebu Terraces on January 9, 2016 and she was an early stand out awarded two of the four awards given that night, as Miss Epson for being knowledgeable about Cebuano history and Best in Funwear in her two-piece creation by Mike Yapching.[19] The coronation night was held at the Waterfront Hotel's Grand Ballroom on January 13, 2016 where the panel of judges awarded her as ABS-CBN's Kapamilya Star of the Night and Best in Evening Gown wearing designer Dino Lloren.[20][21]

During her reign as Miss Cebu 2016, she has participated in community projects such as Pasundayag 2016 Cebu City Summer Workshop. Pasundayag promotes the idea that economic status is never a hindrance to a child's potential to shine and continue their dreams. On its 14th year, this annual summer workshop trains children aged 6 to 16 in the art of cultural, modern and traditional Cebuano dances (Pad-um, Pasiguin and Tinikling, along with modern dances like hip-hop) with the Knapsack Dancers, Abellana National School Dance Troupe, Miss Cebu Charities and other local celebrities who shared their time and passion contributed to the success of this event. Where the Cebu City Government through the Cebu City Tourism Commission and Cebu City Tourism Foundation Inc. hold their annual Pasundayag in cooperation with Ayala Center Cebu and Knapsack Productions.[22][23]


On the relocation of the Cebu Farmers’ Market (CFM) at VIBO Place along Escario Street in Cebu City, Baljak attended supporting the organic fruit and vegetable farmers. She presented a demo alongside friend, Chef Chip Lopez of Kairos – The Lazy Chef as they prepared a Thai green papaya salad using green papaya from her family's 8Hills Natural Farm for the dish. The nineteen year old beauty queen brought with her an heirloom mortar and pestle to prepare a vegan sauce for the salad, explained some of the reasons why eating plant-based food has helped her live a healthier life.[24]

Baljak has also participated at the Cebu Daily News' Siloy Campus Journalism Workshop at the Cebu City Hall which was attended by 250 elementary and high school students from Cebu City. Baljak listened to talks on feature and news writing, took notes and occasionally nodded her head in agreement to points emphasized by the speakers. After listening to the talks and participating in the workshops, Baljak said she looks at journalists as people who love to listen and write about the stories and experiences of people that inform, inspire and involve the public.[25]

In September, Baljak also has volunteered at the Rise Above Foundation working hard in cooking and distributing meals to the children at the community center in Barangay Guadalajara, Guadalupe, Cebu.[26] In the same month, Baljak was a TEDx Speaker at the University of San Jose-Recoletos for their theme: Six Degrees of Separation.[27]


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  2. ^ Caballes, Beyee (February 5, 2018). "Southwall Magazine is Here". Lifeisbeyeeutiful. Archived from the original on February 5, 2018. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  3. ^ Caballes, Beyee (February 5, 2018). "Southwall Magazine is Here". Lifeisbeyeeutiful. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  4. ^ "Young, Wild and Free with Zee Lifestyle's April 2015 Issue". Zee Lifestyle Magazine.
  5. ^ Lopez, Monica. "A Fun Telly Trio". Sunstar Publishing Inc. Sunstar Newspaper Cebu.
  6. ^ "2 shine at Miss Cebu 2016 pre-pageant". The Freeman. Philstar.
  7. ^ Panerio, Jonas (January 19, 2016). "All Hail the Queen: One on One with Miss Cebu 2016 Gabriel Raine Baljak". istorya.
  8. ^ "Oro Galleria Fine Jewelry". Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  9. ^ a b c Taboada, Patty (July 1, 2016). "Right as Raine Baljak". Zee Lifestyle Cebu. Zee Lifestyle Cebu. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Sibi, Juli Ann M. (January 14, 2016). "Miss Cebu takes after Beauty Queen Mom". Cebu Daily News - Inquirer.net. INQUIRER.net. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  11. ^ No-ot, Caecent. "Aboitiz makes it two in-a-row". The Freeman.
  12. ^ "CIS ISAC Teams Compete in Manila". Cebu International School.
  13. ^ "CIS ISAC Girls Basketball". Cebu International School.
  14. ^ Agrawal, Hansika. "Make-A-Wish". IB CAS Journal Hansika Agrawwal. Wordpress.
  15. ^ "CIS volunteers for the Yellowboat Foundation". Cebu International School.
  16. ^ "Cebu International School Newsflash" (PDF). Cebu International School.
  17. ^ Balbuena, Vanessa (January 15, 2016). "New Miss Cebu hails Bloodline Beauty Queens". The Freeman. The Phil Star. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  18. ^ "My Moments of War to Remember By". Goodreads Inc. Goodreads Inc. Retrieved July 10, 2016.
  19. ^ Panerio, Jonas. "Early standouts at the Miss Cebu 2016 pre-pageant". Cebu Daily News. Inquirer.net. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  20. ^ Batucan, Deneb. "Beauty queen's daughter wins Miss Cebu 2016 crown". Sunstar Publishing Inc. Sunstar Newspaper Cebu. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  21. ^ Sibi, Juli Ann. "TV host wins Miss Cebu 2016". Cebu Daily News. Inquirer.net. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  22. ^ "The Pasundayag 2016 Cebu City Summer Workshop". The Cebu Daily News.Inquirer. Cebu Daily News. August 2, 2016. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  23. ^ "A showcase of culture and tradition at Pasundayag 2016". The Cebu Daily News. Inquirer.net. Cebu Daily News. June 20, 2016.
  24. ^ Sinson, Frauline Maria (August 14, 2016). "Not your usual farmers' market". Cebu Daily News. The Cebu Daily News. Inquirer.net.
  25. ^ Evert Lato, Cris (August 31, 2016). "Miss Cebu 2016: Writing can be applied to any industry". The Cebu Daily News.Inquirer.net. Cebu Daily News.
  26. ^ "A message from Miss Cebu 2016, Gabriele Raine Baljak". Facebook. Rise Above Foundation. September 3, 2016.
  27. ^ "TEDxUSJR: Six Degrees of Separation". TED - Ideas Worth Spreading. September 17, 2016.
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