Ay, supot!

THE AFTERNOON RAINS in past days reminded us that summer may be ending soon, which means time is running out for the ritual of passage that is male circumcision (“tuli” in Filipino and “kugit” in Ilokano).

Various  groups, ranging from media organizations to the Philippine National Police to civic and religious organizations, sponsor their respective “Operation Tuli” projects which intrigue foreigners because the Philippines is one of the few countries left in the world that insist on  penile mutilation.

A month before I entered sixth grade, my brother Herry accompanied me to the then Ilocos Norte Provincial Hospital to undergo almost every Filipino child’s very first surgery which, medical practitioners now agree, is done for reasons not medical. Continue reading “Ay, supot!”