Guinness World Records Rejects Circumcision Party Record
MARIKINA, Philippines ~ (AOL News/AP) ~ Apparently when it comes to circumcision parties and world records, size doesn't matter.
Guinness World Records officials distanced themselves from listing an event that claimed to set a world record for the most circumcisions, held in the Philippines on May 7th. The city of Marikina used its sports stadium, where public health officials said more than 1,500 boys underwent the free surgery. Circumcision is a rite of passage for pre-teen boys in the Philippine Islands.
However, two days later Guinness officials said they wouldn't consider the so-called "circumcision party" for a world record. "Guinness World Records does not recognize the number of medical procedures within a set period of time or in a mass group due to hygiene considerations and risks," spokeswoman Jamie Panas told AOL News. "Medical procedures should be undertaken only on the advice of a doctor and the patients' welfare should always be the primary concern." Panas added that Guinness has never listed a record for mass circumcision.
In spite of Guinness' concerns of unsafe conditions, city officials organized the even as a safe alternative to surgeries performed by people without medical degrees. They also touted the event as a way for poor families to save money for the procedure, which often costs $40 in local private hospitals. Marikina officials were not only seeking the record for a circumcision party, but also for the number of spectators attending such an event. "We applied to 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," said Vice Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz. Marikina is the shoemaking center in the Philippines, and had a moment in the limelight in 2002 when Guinness officials recognized that the city had created what was then the world's biggest pair of shoes.
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