Baguio’s Kennon Road Lion’s Head gets makeover

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Kennon Road Lion's Head
The new look of the Kennon Road Lion’s head | Photo by Harley Palangchao via Public Information Office City of Baguio Facebook.

The Lion’s Head statue along Kennon Road that welcomes all visitors to Baguio City going through the scenic route to the mountain travel spot has been given a makeover and the finished art looks like a real lion.

The Public Information Office – City of Baguio posted their announcement of the finished work by a group of artists:

“ROARING THANKS | The City Government of Baguio led by Mayor Benjie Magalong is letting out a RAWWWRR of gratitude and plaudit to Silvino Dulnuan and his team of artists composed of Handiong Kapuno, Giul Sanchez, Chrysler Cabalo, Justice Kerry Laigo, Ronald De Leon, Gale Karyl Tawana, Santos Oyan, Jinky Domingo, Eli Ituriaga and Mark David Madrazo for a marvelous job done facelifting our iconic Lion’s Head. Another booming kudos to the proponents and sponsors who made the project possible.”

The Kennon Road Lion’s head had undergone several changes through the years and netizens have posted their snapshots of the iconic landmark.

Facebook user Ellehcesor Barcelonz posted this photo from the weekend the Lion’s head was completed.

Lion’s Head 2020. Photo by Ellehcesor Barcelonz

Netizens also expressed their praises for the job of the artists, the proponents, and their sponsors. Ortagon Rosita said “Glad it was changed to a live looking healthy, happy & friendly lion. Great job Congratulations!!!” and Harriette Aglasi Sap-ay said “Kudos to the artists 🤩 ang galing po”.

Lion’s Head in 2018. Photo from Baguio City Host Lion’s Club Facebook.

The Kennon Road Lion’s head was the idea of the Baguio City Host Lions Club, a service organization that has its members volunteering for various humanitarian projects worldwide.

Lion’s Head in 2014. Photo from Baguio City Host Lion’s Club Facebook.

Construction of the giant lion’s head from the limestone boulder began in 1971 as a commissioned work of Ifugao artist Reynaldo Lopez Nanyac. The Kennon Road Lion’s head was revealed to the public for the first time in 1972.

Meanwhile the Department of Public Works and Highways-Administrative Region posted a Travel Advisory and Safety Reminders for travelers along Kennon Road.

Travel Advisory:

Kennon Road is open to Baguio Bound vehicles (going up) on January 17, 2020 at 6 am until January 20, 2020 at 6 pm and every weekends thereafter until further notice.

Safety reminders:

Vehicles weighing more than 5 tons are advised to take Marcos Highway or Asin-Nangalisan-San-Pascual-Rizal-Anduyan Road.

Motorists are advised to take precautionary measures, observe the 20 KPH and stay on the right lane while traversing the road line.

In case of inclement weather and/or sudden occurrence of localized thunderstorms where landslide is imminent in the area, Kennon Road will be immediately closed upon the recommendation of Kennon Road Task Group.

 

The contemporary Baguio City is a Clean Tourist City award recipient of the ASEAN stamp of approval valid from 2020 to 2022.

Baguio is also gearing up to put up the first cable car system in the Philippines.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to travelers and residents of Baguio City for the preservation of their iconic Kennon Road Lion’s head!

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