Guinness may declare Pinoy as world's smallest man

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 11 2011 11:31 PM | Updated as of Jun 12 2011 07:34 PM

ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE, Philippines (UPDATED) - Guinness World Records may declare on Sunday a Zamboanga del Norte resident as the world's smallest man.

Junrey Balawing of Zamboanga del Norte
From his looks and his height, it's easy to mistake Junrey Balawig for an infant.

But on June 12, Junrey - the eldest of 4 siblings - is turning 18 years old.

His family held a simple celebration for him before his trip to a health center in Sindangan to meet with officials of Guinness World Records.

Junrey is a contender for the world's smallest man.

"Masaya ako na si Junrey ang pinakamaliit na tao sa buong mundo. Proud kami na makikilala sa buong mundo ang anak namin," said his mother, Concepcion.

Guinness officials weighed and measured Junrey but declined to release the figures just yet.   

Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal
He is believed to be 23 inches tall, smaller than the current world's shortest man - Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal - who stands 26.4 inches.

If the claims are true, Balawing will not only be the shortest living man, but the shortest living man in history, a statement from the Guinness World Records said on Saturday.

Junrey will again be measured on Sunday, this time in public.

By the time he turns 18, Junrey may be declared as the world's smallest man by the Guinness, a feat his family and the country is waiting for. - Reports from Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News; Dynah Diestro, ABS-CBN Zamboanga; ANC; Reuters