The Lion's Head Park along Kennon Road is
the undisputed landmark that is synonymous to Baguio City.
It is commonly said that a trip to Baguio City would not be
complete without taking home a souvenir photograph with the
famous lion head which serves as the backdrop on Kennon Road.
Local and foreign tourists make it a point
to stop in Camp 6 and have their photographs taken at the
base of the lion head. The 40-foot high lion head, located
a few kilometers from the Kennon Road view deck, was carved
by a Cordillera artist from a limestone boulder. Lions Club
members of Baguio City thought of creating a symbol that would
proclaim the presence of the group in this mountain resort
Just beside the lion head are a few small
stalls that sell woodcarving and other native handicraft.
Softdrinks and light snacks are also sold to visitors who
take time to stop and take a break after the 45-minute drive
up Kennon Road. The vendors have enjoyed high sales since
this popular landmark was constructed.
It was during the term of Baguio Mayor Luis
Lardizabal, who was also Lions Club governor in 1969 to 1970,
when the club conceptualized the creation of the lion head.
Actual work started in 1971 and took a year before this now-famous
landmark of Baguio was unveiled to the public by Lions Club
International in 1972. The club tapped donations from Lion
members and businessmen in the city and pooled proceeds from
a state convention to fund the construction of the lion head.