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Last updated on: June 13, 2011 08:44 IST

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Measuring just 59.93 cm, Junrey Balawing, a Filipino who turned 18 on Sunday, was declared the world's shortest man, taking over the title from a tiny Nepali.

Son of a Filipino blacksmith, Balawing stopped growing when he was a toddler.

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Image: Reynaldo Balawing talks to his son Junrey in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte in southern Philippines
Photographs: Erik de Castro/Reuters
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Balawing was born in the rural town of Sindangan on the Philippines' southern island of Mindanao.

When he reached the age of two, he fell always sick and showed signs that he was no longer growing anymore. His parents had him checked by doctors but to no avail, Manila Bulletin reported.


Image: Junrey Balawing stands next to a rooster during a photo taking session with the Guinness World Records team
Photographs: Erik de Castro/Reuters
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Unable to find any medical remedy for Balawing's physical condition, his parents slowly learned to accept their son's fate, it said.

In 2010, the Guinness Book of World Records had declared Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal who measured 67 cm as the world's shortest man.


Image: Junrey Balawing blows candle as he celebrates his 18th birthday

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Balawing, wore infant-sized shoes and a white shirt emblazoned with the Guinness seal underwent three sets of official measurements by the Guinness adjudicator to confirm his height.

"Thank you to all of you for supporting my son, the world's shortest man," Junrey's father, Reynaldo, told a crush of reporters and photographers.


Image: Junrey holds a ruler in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte in southern Philippines

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Junrey then blew out a candle on a cake specially made for him, before telling the crowd in a tiny voice in the local dialect: "Kapoy (I'm tired)."

A throng of wellwishers, including politicians, witnessed the official measurement then handed him wads of cash which his parents said would go towards the family's meagre savings.


Image: Junrey smiles as he stands beside his certificate as the World's Shortest Living Man

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Junrey's father said he had always believed his son to be special.

Sindangan Vice Mayor Bess Jagonio, a doctor, said Junrey "was just the size of a 1-liter (2-pint) soft drink bottle" when he was born and speculated he may have suffered from an endocrine or a birth-related defect.


Image: Junrey holds on to empty Coca Cola bottles during a photo taking session

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Junrey's three other siblings -- a brother and two sisters -- are all of average size for their ages.


Image: Junrey holds a miniature Philippine flag as he poses with his family for photographers

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Junrey's parents call him "their lucky charm." His father had been unemployed until he was born, then found a job as blacksmith after his birth.

"He needs my care every minute of every day. Junrey can only walk with some help and he can't stand for too long because he's in too much pain," his mother, Concepcion, said.


Image: Junrey poses for photographers

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