Bob Martin, author of Live in the Philippines web magazine and an American national living in Mindanao posted his perspective on the practice of circumcision in the Philippines. Circumcision, Filipino-style is very different compared to Western societies. It is considered a rite of passage for boys and is commonly done in their pre-teen or teenage years. So when my wife brought up the question "is Jordan getting circumcised?" Instantly my mind went on flashback mode and with my memories, there's no question, my newborn son is getting circumcised! He can get the rite of passage ritual in some other way.
I don't think the tradition is not related to religion because majority of Filipino boys Muslim, Christian or whatever are expected to be circumcised at their pre-teen age - in Biblical times, boys are circumcised on the 8th day from birth. I don't know how this tradition came about but every Filipino boy has his own story or experience of this coming of age ritual. The rite of passage aspect is real and there's an element of masculine pride a young boy experience when he goes through with it. Traumatic or not, the procedure is part of every Filipino boys life and whether it make him a better man in adulthood is totally up to him.
God made several references on circumcision in the New Testament as a symbol of what a person's heart should be under the new covenant through Jesus Christ. True masculinity is not measured by an external scar but by how one live his life in submission to God and love for others. Thus, for Filipino boys, what matters most and the right rite of passage is not on the body but the "circumcision of the heart."