Guinness Names Filipino as World’s Shortest Man

Posted June 12th, 2011 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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The Guinness Book of World Records has declared a Filipino as the world's shortest man.

Guinness says Junrey Balawing, who turned 18 Sunday, measures just under 60 centimeters. He edges out Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal, who is a “towering” 67 centimeters tall.

The announcement was made in Zamboanga del Norte's remote Sindagan township in the southern Philippines. Balawing blew out a candle on a birthday cake and was presented with gifts, including cash.

Balawing thanked a crowd of villagers and reporters, and posed for pictures.