Guinness names Filipino as world's shortest man

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Sunday, June 12, 2011


ZAMBOANGA CITY (Updated 10:58 a.m.) -- Guinness World Records on Sunday declared a Zamboanga del Norte resident as the world's smallest man.

Junrey Balawing, who turns 18 Sunday (June 12), was measured at about 24 inches (61 centimeters) from head to foot lying down and slightly above 23 inches (58 centimeters) standing up.

Balawing, the eldest of four siblings, is not only the shortest living man, but the shortest living man in history, the Guinness World Records said.

ZAMBOANGA CITY. Guinness World Records names Junrey Balawing from Zamboanga del Norte as the world's smallest man. (AP photo)

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No monetary prize will be given for Balawing and all other Guinness world record holders.

Balawing unseated Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal who is 26.4 inches tall.

Municipal administrator Allan Selda earlier said the local government is preparing to celebrate for the record with balloons and a cake for Balawing. (Sunnex)

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