Benguet: Lion's Head (Kennon Road)

Found along Kennon Road in the outskirts of Baguio City in Benguet, Lion's Head is a 40-foot man-made and painted gigantic rock that resembles a lion's head. It was commisioned by the Lions Club of Baguio City.
So what's behind the giant lion's head sculpture? The story goes that years ago when tourists started to flock Baguio City by means of Kennon Road, they used a large rock, which is naturally shaped like a lion, as a landmark that they are near Baguio City. Due to its popularity, the city government decide to "remodel" the large rock so that it would literally be known as the Lion's Head.
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Construction of the present day landmark began in 1968. Preparations was done by a group of miners and engineers while the carving of the rock was rendered by an Ifuagao artist and woodcarver named Reynald Lopez Nanyac.
Lion's head brought to you by Davies Paint and LIONS International
However, the construction was postponed for several years before being continued in 1971 and was finally unveiled in 1977.
He's one popular lion...
The Lion's Head has undergone several restoration projects in the past years. It has also undergone several color changes before finally settling down with its traditional gold and black color.

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Today, the Lion's Head stands proud not just as a landmark but also as a tourist destination in the Summer Capital of the Philippines -Baguio City.

Getting there: 

From Manila there are several bus companies that offer daily trips directly to Baguio City. 
bus fare: P450-500
From the bus terminal, you could rent a taxi to bring you to your desired destination.

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