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Filipino to be named world's shortest man

SINDANGAN, Philippines -- Officials say a Filipino about two feet tall is expected to be named the world's shortest man when he turns 18 on Sunday.

Lolit Homay, municipal health officer in Zamboanga del Norte province's Sindangan township, 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.

Current record holder Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal is 26.4 inches tall.

Municipal administrator Allan Selda says the local government is preparing to celebrate the expected Guinness announcement with balloons and a cake for Balawing.

1 Comment
June 12, 2011    poncepr@
To celebrate an obvious physical defect, in my view, is unethical. There are hundreds of physical abnormalities that could be measured, and yet we don't. I take no pleasure in learning about this.
Larry in America
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Filipino to be named world's shortest man
Filipino Junrey Balawing, who unofficially measures 61 cm, poses at a health center in Sindangan, in the southern Philippines on Saturday, June 11. Junrey, who turns 18 on Sunday, ...

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