Guinness names Filipino as world's shortest man

Junrey Balawing, center, smiles as he is measured by Guinness World Records adjudicator Craig Glenday, left, for the last of a series of measurements conducted at Sindangan Municipal Hall, Sindangan township, Zamboanga Del Norte province in Southern Philippines, Sunday June 12, 2011, his 18th birthday and coincidentally the Philippines' Independence Day. Balawing was officially declared the world's shortest living man with a measurement of 23.5 inches (59.93 centimeters) dislodging Nepal's Khagendra Thapa Magar with a measurement of 26.4 inches. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

June 13, 2011 10:41:48 AM PDT
A poor Filipino blacksmith's son who stands less than 2 feet (60 centimeters) tall was declared the world's shortest man by Guinness World Records on his 18th birthday Sunday, sparking a celebration in his hometown.