Preteen Filippino boys queued in their hundreds for a daylong 'circumcision party', which officials hope will earn their city a place in the record books.
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 in a stadium in
Marikina city, east of . Manila
Outside, other boys lined up to await their turn.
, circumcision is a rite of passage most males undergo as preteens. Philippines
Young Filippino boys are traditionally circumcised during their school summer break from March to May.
“I'm a big boy now,” bragged one boy who had just finished the surgery.
Officials said the event - touted in local press as a 'circumcision party' - aimed to promote safe circumcision.
They offered poor residents free surgery that would otherwise cost at least $40 (£25) in private hospitals.
In rural areas, the surgery is sometimes performed by non-doctors using crude methods.
The vice mayor, Jose Fabian Cadiz, said: 'We applied for the Guinness Book of World Records and we are recording everything so we can send all the data to them and hopefully it will be recognized.'.