07 May '11, 8am

Philippine city of Marikina holds day-long 'circumcision party' for over 1,500 boys

Philippine city of Marikina holds day-long 'circumcision party' for over 1,500 boys

Reynaldo Reyes, 12, holds his shorts as he walks past a group of boys waiting for their turn during an 'Operation Circumcision' at a basketball court in Paranque city, metro Manila. -- PHOTO: REUTERS MANILA (Philippines) - HUNDREDS of boys in a Philippine city turned out on Saturday for a day-long 'circumcision party' to provide a safe, free procedure for a rite of passage that most local males undergo as preteens. Some boys cried in their mothers' arms while others bit their shirts to stifle sobs as doctors carried out the surgery on dozens of makeshift operating tables inside a sports stadium in Marikina city east of Manila. Outside, other boys lined up to await their turn. 'I'm a big boy now,' one boy who had just finished the surgery bragged. Officials said the event - touted in a press statement as a 'circumcision party' - aims to promote safe circumcision and to offe...

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