It appears that after all, the Guinness Book of World Records will NOT be recognizing Marikina City's desparate attempt at recognition.
The City of Marikina held a "circumcision party" on May 7th in hopes of establishing a world record for people attending a "mass circumcision," but the city government hadn't checked with Guiness whether such a record could even be accepted.
On their website, Guiness has completely divorced itself of the event:
Statement from Guinness World Records
It has been bought to our attention that a circumcision event in the Philippines last Saturday has supposedly been approved by Guinness World Records.
Guinness World Records would like to clarify that it does not, under any circumstances, monitor, endorse or recognise this kind of 'record attempt'. The organisers of the event have no approval from Guinness World Records to use its trademarks in connection with this event and any claim to officially recognise this event will be rejected.
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9 May 2011
Like any other surgery, circumcision requires care and attention, rather than haste, as many things could go wrong. The child could have his penis partially or fully ablated, and there is risk for hemmorage and/or infection, not to mention there are ethical concerns in performing it on those too young to give informed consent. More than 1,000 boys were circumcised for the event, and at the end of it all, what did they get? No recognition, and mutilated organs for the rest of their lives. I have nothing but utter shame and disgust for the City of Marikina. An attempt at recognition at the expense of its youth.
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