The World's Shortest Living Man is Filipino

I saw this photo from the Yahoo column. 

Yahoo had this headline that a Filipino is the new record holder for the Guinness World Records.


We known this for some time now but the world has yet to see the phenomenon that is Junrey Balawing. The 18-year-old son of a Filipino blacksmith who stands a shade a little under two feet (23.5 inches), took the belt off Khagendra Thapa Megar of Nepal who is just a little over 26 inches.

As of June 11, 2011, Junrey is officially the world’s shortest living man.

I saw his story first in the Filipino daily newscast 24 Oras and this was when they were planning to join him in this prestigious list. A few months later and here he is. Sure, the feat is not in terms of achievement like what Manny Pacquiao, but this is one record Chuck Norris can never break (not unless he can magically make himself little by axe-kicking air endlessly). Junrey stopped growing when he was a toddler and he has trouble walking unless helped. He lives in a rural town called Sindangan, Lanao del Norte in Mindanao where locals believe that he is some sort of lucky charm. He is the oldest of four children to poor parents and Junrey was his parents’ only child that encountered that fate.

The Guinness list could be a turning point for Junrey and his family. As a living tourist attraction, expect a lot of people to help him. If he becomes an internet sensation, expect everyone to treat him just like how Pinoys treat Manny Pacquiao, Charice, and the Philippine Azkals. If he can dive into acting, he can possibly do commercials.  

The most important thing about the citation is that it gives us a reason to care about Junrey. With this worldwide attention, hopefully Junrey can live well because of this.

Game over!


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