Junrey Balawing will become the world’s shortest man according to Guinness World Records when he turns 18 on Sunday.
At a mere 22 inches (55cm) tall, the Filipino is considerably smaller than the current holder of the world’s shortest man title, Khagendra Thapa Magar from Nepal, who measures 26.4 inches in height.
This would make Junrey Balawing not only the shortest living man in the world, but also the shortest living man in history, beating Gul Mohammed of India (1957–1997) at 57 centimeters or 22.5 inches.
However, Lolit Homay, municipal health officer in Zamboanga del Norte province’s Sindangan township in the Philippines, says Junrey Balawing was measured at about 24 inches (61 centimeters) from head to foot lying down and slightly above 23 inches (58 centimeters) standing up Saturday.
A representative of Guinness World Records is to announce the official measurements on Sunday.
His parents, Concepcion and Reynaldo Balawing, said that Junrey was very sick as a child and stopped growing after his first birthday. Doctors and other local health officials say an endocrine imbalance appears to be the cause of his condition.
Speaking about his birthday Junrey said:
‘I am so excited. I am small, but now I am a man.I have tried beer for the first time. I like it but can only have a little. I can’t wait for my party.’
He also added; ‘I want a beautiful wife. I know she will probably be taller than me.’