See the following pictures taken in Cagayan De Oro & Iligan Cities (Jan 16, 2012) with Lion President Jay Ruiz, Jr. and other Lions from Cagayan De Oro Metro LC and Iligan Amity LC



July 7, 2011  -  At the General meeting last night, those present, unanimously approved donating $300 to the fire victims of Calauag, Quezon, Philippines.  The donation will be given to Calauag Bay Lions Club for proper distribution.


Our 2nd Anniversary celebration and Installation of officers (July 3, 2011) at Applebee's in Plaza Bonita was a huge success.  Attended by member(s) of the following clubs:  La Mesa, Montgomery, SD Agape, SD Classic, SD Delta, SD Cosmopolitan, SD Executive, SD Majestic, SD Mt. Pinatubo, SD North County, SD Premier, and SD Presidents, along with friends and associates.  It was also with the attendance of 1st VDG Blessie Trott (Installing Officer) and 2nd VDG Napoleon White. Thank you all for making our event very memorable.

See some pictures below:

From Left to Right - Lions Daughlet Ordinario, Ellen Guevara, Priscilla Garrovillas, Jay Ruiz, Jr., Jay Ruiz, Sr., Jorge Balares, Josie Rabelas & 1st VDG Blessie Trott

End Installation Pictures




May 3, 2010 - Attending the recently completed 68th District 4-L6 Convention in Ontario, CA (DoubleTree Hotel) and witnessing the presentation of awards Saturday night during the Gala Governor's Ball we would like to share the names of our members with their respective awards:

PDG Art Arboleda - District Certificate of Appreciation as Chairman of Extension, Above and Beyond & MD-4 Excellence Medal and Certificate

ZC Priscilla Garrovillas - Distirct Certificate of Appreciation as Zone Chair & 21st Century Hall of Fame

Lion President-Elect Josie Rabelas - Trophy for our club award as the Best Club Overall

PCT Jay Ruiz - MD-4 Excellence Medal and Certificate, International President's Plaque of Appreciation & International President's Medal


February 7, 2010:  PDG Art Arboleda and Lions Linda, Luz, Jay & Cef just came back from MD-4 Convention in Riverside.  It was a well-worthy travel to meet other Lions in our Multiple District and learn a few things here and there.  We also had an opportunity to participate in training the "Certified Guiding Lions" in our Multiple District Four.  


The honored guest is PIP Judge Brian Stevenson, PIP Bill Biggs and his wife PID Dana Biggs, PIP Kay Fukushima, PID's Bill Iannaccone, David Stoufer, Ted Fusco, and of course PID Bill and his wife DG Julie Crawford were also present.  A number of PCC's and PDG's and Lions from many of the Sub-Districts were also in attendance.


During the International President's Luncheon, a number of awards were presented - two of which went to ZC Priscilla Garrovillas who received the "#3 of theTop 10 Zones" in Multiple District 4 and our club received the "#1 of theTop 10 Clubs" in Multiple District 4 (Membership Development).


The highlights of the convention are the different learning seminars along with the number of program presentations of what we, Lions, do.  Saturday night Governor's Banquet was highlighted with the presentation of the Academy Awards - two of the prestigious awards went to District 4-L6.  PCT Jay Ruiz received the "Greatest Number of New Clubs by a Member" award and the other went to LEO Georgina Salant of Encinitas/Carlsbad LEO Club as the "MD-4 LEO of the Year.


The next MD-4 convention will be in San Diego, CA (2022).  We strongly recommend that we all plan to attend.  More about convention will be published at our Website and/or the District 4-L6 Website.




It was before the Second World War that the idea of introducing Lionism in the Philippines was first conceived by the "old timer" Col. G. J. Oden, USA (retired). The idea was well taken by his friend and mentor Atwood Lawrence, but it was only acted upon during the 1948 Lions Clubs International Convention in New York City, USA when the International Officers decided to organize Lions Clubs in the Philippines.

Early in 1949, Lawrence came to the Philippines to start organizing the Lions Clubs. He was introduced to Federico Calero, a realtor, who became the moving spirit in aiding Lawrence in his work. Calero later became the first Provisional District Governor of Lion District 301 Philippines.

Lionism was formally introduced in the Philippines when the 1st club, the Manila (Host), was organized in March 23, 1949 with Francisco Ortigas, Jr. as its Charter President with 23 members and was sponsored by Hawaii Lions Club.

Soon after, the spirit of Lionism started to spread. Within weeks after organizing the first club, a second club Rizal (Pasay) City Lions Club was organized on April 16, 1949 with Dr. Juan Salcedo as its Charter President. The 3rd club, Quezon City Capitol Lions Club was organized on May 27, 1949 and Hon. Nicanor Roxas was elected President. On June 19, 1949 the 3 clubs held their Joint Charter Night at the Manila Hotel.

Lionism in the Philippines continued to grow tremedously. As of October 31, 2005, there were more than 10,600 members in 380 Lions Clubs in the Philippines grouped into seven Districts

History of Lionism in the Philippines - from

Lion’s Head in Baguio City, Philippines

Considered as the “King of the Jungle,” the lion symbolizes fierceness and strength. The same is true for Baguio City’s iconic lion head, although its original meaning has been obscured by time.

Today, local and foreign tourists look at it as the majestic symbol of the country’s “summer capital.”

Now let’s go back to the iconic lion’s head. It was actually the brainchild of some of the pioneer members of the Baguio City (Host) Lions Club. They wanted to create a symbol that would establish the presence of the group in the area.

Baguio City Lions Club members during the Annual Lions Multiple District Convention. Lion Fernando Chua (at center), Lions district representative from Taipei, Taiwan, has the distinction of being the only foreign delegate to the convention held in Baguio City in May 1964. Source: Baguio City Host Lions Club.  See picture below

Lions Club is a service organization which aims to “meet the needs of communities on a local and global scale.” Founded in 1917 by Melvin Jones, Lions Clubs International (LCI) now boasts of 1.35 million members worldwide.


A Memorial of Good Deeds

From the 1950s up to the 1960s, the Baguio Lions had slowly spread Lionism in the area. Aside from recruitment, Lions Club members also led fund-raising activities for organizations like Philippine National Red Cross and the Baguio Police Department.

Baguio’s famous Lion’s head in 1973. Photo credit: Robert John Martin Gunabe via Flickr.

However, what literally put the Baguio Lions Club on the map were the various building and monument projects they spearheaded including the Melvin Jones Memorial Grandstand at Burnham Park, Baguio Lions Clubhouse in Governor Pack Road, Baguio War Memorial Monument, and of course, the giant Lion’s head along Kennon Road.

Baguio Mayor Luis M. Lardizabal. Source: Baguio City Host Lions Club.

The Lion’s head was first conceptualized by pioneer Baguio Lions Club members led by Luis Lardizabal who was the mayor of Baguio from March 1960 to December 1979.

Lardizabal, who was also Lions Club governor from 1969 to 1970, sought the help of Lion members, businessmen, and those who attended the state convention to finance the project.

Construction of the Lion’s head began in 1971 under Baguio Lions Club President and later, District 301-C Governor Robert John Webber. They commissioned an Ifugao artist named Reynaldo Lopez Nanyac to carve out the Lion’s head from a limestone boulder.


Installing iron railings around the Lion’s Head limestone carving. Source: Baguio City Host Lions Club.

Symbolizing the influence of Baguio Lions Club in the area, the massive Lion’s head was finally unveiled in 1972 under the supervision of club vice presidents Moises Cating, David Borja, and Arturo Santiago.


The Benguet icon Dangwa Bus and Lion’s head at the historic Kennon Road. Photo credit: FromDBackwoods via Flickr.

The Lion’s Head Over the Years

The face of Baguio City was not spared from the wrath of a 7.7 magnitude twin quakes that hit the city on July 16, 1990. It suffered severe cracks made even worse by vandals.

The man-made Lion’s Head in black coloration. Via Wikimedia Commons.

After providing assistance to those who had been affected by the earthquake, Baguio Lions Club member Alfredo de los Santos, then District 301-C Governor Gloria Vergara, and Peter Go, third vice president of the Lions Club 1991-93, led the rehabilitation of the damaged Lion’s head.

The man-made Lion’s Head and tourists. Via Wikimedia Commons.

Since then, the iconic structure has slowly changed its appearance and color, to the point that it began to look more like an ape than a lion. Nevertheless, tourists still stop and have their souvenir photographs taken at the base of the Lion’s head.

The iconic structure has also helped boost the local economy, as evidenced by several woodcarving and handicraft stores that have mushroomed near the Lion’s head.

Wood carving replica of Lion’s Head along Kennon Road. Source: Baguio City Host Lions Club

In early 2014, the Regional Technical Working Group has proposed a P50 million budget to give the Lion’s head a major facelift. Included in the proposal is the construction of a wider view deck, murals featuring Baguio’s history, and the transfer of souvenir stalls to a multipurpose building where a tourist information booth will also be available. 


Agreda, J. (2014). Baguio’s Lion’s Head to get a ‘makeover’. [online] Sun Star Baguio. Available at: [Accessed 17 Sep. 2014].

Baguio City Host Lions Club, (n.d.). History. [online] Available at: [Accessed 17 Sep. 2014].

Cabreza, V. (2012). Fighting for century-old Kennon Road. [online] Available at: [Accessed 17 Sep. 2014].

Caluza, D. (2000). That famous lion head along Kennon. Philippine Daily Inquirer, [online] p.18. Available at: [Accessed 17 Sep. 2014].

City of Pines, (n.d.). Mayors of The City of Baguio. [online] Available at: [Accessed 17 Sep. 2014].

Lions Clubs International, (n.d.). About Lions Clubs. [online] Available at: [Accessed 17 Sep. 2014].

Reyes, J. (2001). History in Baguio’s streets, landmarks. Philippine Daily Inquirer, [online] p.14. Available at: [Accessed 17 Sep. 2014].