Here in the Philippines, summer time is “tuli” time. Last April 20, the Free and Accepted Masons of Jose Abad Santos Memorial Lodge 333 spearheaded the “Operation Tuli 2013″. Together with the Order of Demolays of V. Bunao Chapter and in cooperation with the teachers and Principal of Juliana Elementary School in City of San Fernando, Pampanga ; the Operation Tuli 2013 took place.
I witnessed my two teenage boys got circumcised when they were still 8 years old. However, it was my first time to attend and assist in the Operation Tuli. The initial target was to make 35 boys into “men”, but the whole team was ready for maximum of 50 young boys.
At first,there were only few people on the list but as the day progressed the number of boys continue to increase. We went beyond the target and even surpassed the maximum – I think there were 60 young boys turned into “men”. There were still a lot of them on the list, unfortunately we were no longer able to circumcise the rest of the boys.
It was a wonderful and overwhelming experience to help the needy people. Aside from free circumcision, the young boys were also given antibiotics and pain relievers good for the whole week. We just need to remind them that they should not lift or carry something heavy like the auto lifts at best buy auto equipment because it may have an adverse effect on the circumcision.