The months of April and May are the right time for this ritual of passage for Pinoy boys to adolecense, when it has no classes and an ample time to recuperate from the wounds. It became a traditional custom for mostly every 8 to 10 years old boys to go under the knife and have the 'weapon' mutilated.
Uncircumcised males in the community are subject to ridicule for being pisot (intact) by their peers and forever teased as huyang (weakling) for not braving and facing like a man the circumcision operation; and hugaw (unclean) because of the tiktik dirt (spegma) that could deposit around the glans penis. Aside from the tradition which is linked to religious and health reasons, circumcision is also made interestingly practiced, to avoid the child from the stigma of being called pisot and the many superstitions that are related to it.
There are popular beliefs that an uncircumcised child could have a stouted growth and end up as putot (stout) and that the penis when circumcised could develop fully and enlarge immediately. Popular it may seems but we know it's not true because the growth of the child are influenced by its hormones and genes.
This summer, almost every Barangays in Tagum City were offered the operation tuli for free. Two separate operation tuli were conducted by City Councilor Boyet Gementiza and Vice Mayor Allan Rellon. The City Health officers and the Philippine Army together with volunteer nursing students, were organized to carry out the activity.
Circumcision now becomes a cummunal activity. Groups of young boys at the verge of puberty will go together, with loosely worn out shirts of their fathers, have it done around the same time. Even if there were anesthesia injected, wailings and crying of little voices echoed in the makeshift operating rooms. But there were those that laid silent, not anticipating the pain, just holding up deep breaths. I could just imagine the pains from the foreskin slit done by the local amateur manunuli, that is, without any pain relievers, just masticated guava leaves placed on the weapon at the end of the session.
Here's a warning tip to the newly circumcised, avoid that your weapon falls on a girl's gaze, it will surely mangamatis (swell and redden like a tomato). This is a superstition, I know, but i have it tested and proven true.