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World’s Shortest Man

June 12, 2011 by staff 

World's Shortest ManWorld’s Shortest Man, He may be the world’s smallest man, but Junrey I. Balawing has become a giant in the eyes of his countrymen. The poor son of a blacksmith and a housewife in rural areas Zamboanga del Norte province in the southern island of Mindanao, 18 years old Junrey, which is only 23 ½ inches tall and weighs only 12 pounds Sunday was recognized as the world’s shortest man’s life.

“I am pleased to announce that we have a new world record holder,” said Craig Glenday, editor in chief of Guinness World Records, with a multitude of local officials and townspeople. “Officially, he is the world’s shortest man.”

The announcement, which was held on 18 th birthday Junrey and also coincided with the Independence Day of the Philippines, met in the coastal city of 90,000 with enthusiastic adulation by the residents of the celebration of the freedom of his country from Spain 113 years ago.

“This is the first time in the history of Sindang that we have entered this competition with Guinness World Records,” said Norma Mamugay, 45. “We are very pleased that this town is now known.”

“We are very fortunate to have him,” added her husband, Bobby, 46. They, along with dozens of other people, crowded into the municipal hall Sindang pending the announcement.

Junrey broke the previous record held by Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal, by about three inches. Magar was measured at 26.4 inches tall in 2010, according to Guinness World Records.

Glenday officials and health Sindang conducted six sets of measurements over two days to confirm Junrey height. Three were held in private on Saturday, and three were made public on Sunday.

Glenday said Junrey official height was an average of measurements made while he was standing and lying.

While not the youngest man in history – that distinction belongs to India’s Gul Mohammed, who was only 22 inches tall and died in 1997 – is unlikely that registration will be turned upside down Junrey anytime soon.

“I guess it will be very difficult to overcome,” said Glenday. “I can not imagine anyone else being so small.”

Although no monetary award accompanied the announcement of Guinness, Junrey received a plaque for the organization and the local people immediately began to shower him with cash and other gifts, like a birthday cake that was almost as long as he is high.

Glenday said it was likely to continue to receive gifts Junrey and other support from fans around the world.

He cited the 27-year-old Turkish Sultan Kosen. After being confirmed as the tallest man in the world in 2009, Kosen received numerous gifts from around the world, free medical care in the United States and has since traveled extensively.

“Basically, it changed his life,” said Glenday. “Perhaps the same will happen to Junrey.”

Balawing Reynaldo’s son, 37, and Balawing Concepcion, 35, Junrey is the oldest of four children – two boys and two girls. Her other children are growing normally.

Speaking to reporters, Concepci? N Balawing said he was happy that his son had been recognized as the world’s shortest man.

“I’m very proud of my son,” she said.

It is unclear exactly why Junrey stopped growing when he was just a child, but Dr. Llta* Hamoy, Sindang municipal health director, said he lacked the normal growth hormone and endocrine imbalance was likely to blame.

Because of his condition, Junrey has difficulty speaking, and cannot walk without help or stand too long on his own.

However, child-sized man clearly relished the attention showered upon him, smiling happily and repeatedly mugging for the cameras of journalists and supporters who worked to have their picture taken with the new celebrity in the world.

It was also evident from the festivities on Sunday that local officials hope their town also effective in Junrey newfound fame.

“Sindang now have the right to assume that when the world’s smallest man lies,” said Alanixon A. Selda, a lawyer who serves as city manager of the city.

“Life is good,” he said later with a smile.

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