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New world's shortest man certified in the Philippines

By the CNN Wire Staff
Craig Glendar (L), editor-in-chief of the Guinness Book of World Records, measures Junrey Balawing on June 12, 2011.
Craig Glendar (L), editor-in-chief of the Guinness Book of World Records, measures Junrey Balawing on June 12, 2011.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Junrey Balawing in 23.6 inches (60cm) tall, Guinness World Records rules
  • That's nearly 3 inches shorter than the previous record holder
  • His family is too poor to investigate his medical condition
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(CNN) -- A man from the Philippines was certified as the world's shortest man this weekend as he reached his 18th birthday, Guinness World Records announced.

Junrey Balawing of Sindangan in the southern Philippines is 23.6 inches (60cm) tall, making him nearly three inches shorter than the previous record holder, Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal.

Balawing was born a normal size, his family said, and they did not notice anything unusual about him until he was about 4 years old and his peers grew more than he did.

He has not grown since his first birthday, his parents told Guinness.

They are too poor to investigate what medical condition prevented him from growing taller, Guinness said.

But they call him "their lucky charm," saying his father Reynaldo, a blacksmith, had been unemployed until he was born, then found a job after his birth.

"He needs my care every minute of every day. Junrey can only walk with some help and he can't stand for too long because he's in too much pain," his mother, Concepcion, said.

He does not have a girlfriend, he told Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday: "You fool!" he chides in his squeaky high-pitched voice, "Don't even ask!"

 
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