Unless you’re the type who sleeps during the trip, it’d be impossible for you to miss the gigantic Lion’s Head along Kennon Road on the way to Baguio City. This carved monument is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Baguio City and the sight of it signifies that one is very near Baguio—but not without passing through several zigzag turns first. (The monument is actually located at Camp 6 in Tuba, Benguet.) There’s almost always a tourist or two making this landmark a stopover and grabbing a souvenir photo of the Lion, to the delight of the store-owners a short walk to the north.
This Lion’s Head was a project of the Lions Club whose Baguio chapter decided to create a monument to signify their presence in the city. The decision to create the Lion’s Head occurred in 1968 during the term of Baguio Mayor Luis Lardizabal, who was also a Lions Club member. Work began in 1971 and was completed and unveiled in 1972. You can check out the history over at this Lions Club Baguio webpage. This mirrored Inquirer article is also informative.
The Lion has undergone numerous paint jobs and I’ve seen it in its yellow veneer and it’s black attire during the numerous times I’ve gone to Baguio City. The Lion’s Head is actually camouflaged in the satellite imagery of Google Maps and I’ve highlighted where it is in the retouched thumbnail picture above.