Junrey Balawing, a 17-year-old boy from a remote town of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte in the Philippines, will soon be crowned the smallest man in history by Guinness. The World’s Shortest Man title currently goes for record holder Khagendra Thapa Magar – a Nepalese teen who measures 67.08 cm or 26.4 inch and weighs just 6.5 kg or over 12 pounds.
Junrey Balawing was born in a remote area which is 920km (570 miles) far from the capital Manila. His father Reynaldo is a blacksmith and only stays at home at weekends. His mother Concepcion takes care of Junrey Balawing since he was born. At the age of 17, Junrey Balawing is just as a one-year-old toddler. Junrey Balawing’s told that he has always been sick and was not growing so far. The parents took him to see doctors but they took him back hopelessly. Junrey Balawing stands at 56cm (1ft 10in) and hardly stands for long time due to his pains.
Junrey Balawing will celebrate his 18th birthday in June 2011 when he will be awarded the latest challenger for “World’s Shortest Man” by Guinness.
Because Junrey can not stand long, his mother decides to stay at home to look for him instead of going to work.
Junrey Balawing has three siblings who get normal life.
Reynaldo Balawing carries his little son on his shoulders. He works as a blacksmith and stays at home only at weekends.
The little Junrey states, “If I were the smallest man in the world, it would be very cool.”
In order to be confirmed, Junrey Balawing will undergo three sets of official measurement by Guinness adjudicator when he is 18.