World’s shortest man is Filipino, declares Guinness World Records

(SPOT.ph) At 23.5 inches, 18-year-old Junrey Balawing from Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, was declared the shortest man alive on his birthday, June 12, reports ABS-CBN News. Guinness editor-in-chief Craig Glenday measured him and officially awarded him the title in front of cheering relatives and townsfolk yesterday.


According to the report, Junerey is the eldest of four children and the only one of such stature. His father, Reynaldo, who is a blacksmith, told the press that Junrey had been sickly as a child and had stopped growing when he was two years old. His mother, Concepcion, added that Junrey had difficulty standing up for long periods of time and often required assistance in walking.


"He is a very special boy. He has trouble speaking and standing up, but he is God’s blessing to his family and to the community," said Junrey's uncle, Paulino Empag, the local village chief. Empag also added that some supersitious townspeople considered Junrey's condition a lucky charm.


The record for world's shortest man was previously held by Nepalese Khagendra Thapa Magar who was approximately 26 inches. No monetary prizes are given to Guinness title holders, but well-wishers, including politicians, who attended the pronouncement, handed Junrey cash which his family said would be added to their savings.


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