Summer, the Circumcision Season in the Philippines

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Traditionally, circumcision procedure for the young boys aging from 10 to 12 years old is annually done during the summer season in the Philippines. The long school break gives the wound enough time to heal before going back to school. The government and other private medical organizations offer this for free in most barangays nationwide.  They often call it “Operation: Tuli”.  For those who would like it done privately, they opt to have the practice in hospitals and private clinics.

Circumcision is the rite that marks the beginning of manhood, and it has become a norm for majority of Filipino children being a part of the culture unlike in other countries where the procedure is considered optional. In the remote and hard to reach areas, it is done ritually by a “mangtutuli” (a person who performs the circumcision), wherein he let the boy chew guava leaves while he let him sit astride a banana log then perform the stripping of the skin of the male organ through the use of a labaha (a stainless steel razor) then the chewed leaves will be placed on the wound for easier healing and to reduce the pain, in some areas after paltak or cutting, boys are asked to jump into rivers to minimize the bleeding.

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However, as much as possible it is best recommended to have circumcision be done by a medical professional to avoid infection and safety. Taking the right medicines and proper cleansing will let the wound heal much faster.

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Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin at the tip of the penis, the most common medical method is called the Dorsal Slit procedure wherein a single incision is done along the upper length of the foreskin from the tip to the corona, just exposing the glans without removing any tissue, then stitching the excess skin.

Circumcision primarily is for hygienic purposes and is a necessity among boys reaching the puberty stage.  It helps prevent the tightness of the foreskin that prevents the retraction of the foreskin over the glans or Phimosis.

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One thought on “Summer, the Circumcision Season in the Philippines

  1. Circumcision is very rarely necessary. In countries where it is not customary (most of the world), the lifetime risk of needing to be circumcised is one in thousands. (It is “optional” for adult men, but very, very few ever take up the option.) Keeping the intact penis clean is quick and easy. True phimosis is quite rare (the infant foreskin is not normally retractable), and when it occurs it can be treated non-surgically or by other surgery – if it needs to be treated at all.

    Circumcision is customary in the Philippines only because it was brought hundreds of years ago by Muslims. More men than you might think are quietly supòt and have no intention of changing anything – they enjoy what they’ve got too much.

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