Making a little history: meet the world's shortest man

The folks who keep track of these things set out to measure him recently.  Check out the video below.  I have to say, there’s something endearing and sweet about his smile.  This is a guy who doesn’t seem perturbed by the challenge God has given him.


Weighing 11 pounds and standing just under 2 feet tall, Junrey Balawing is a tiny teenager who looks more than a little like a toddler.

But he has this going for him: The 18-year-old Filipino man was recently named the world’s shortest man by Guinness World Records. At 23.6 inches tall, he just barely misses the record for the shortest man in history — that title is still held by Gul Mohammed of India, who was 22.5 inches tall and died in 1997.

Balawing displaces the world’s former shortest man, Khagendra Thapa Magar, who is 26.4 inches tall.

The teenager lives with his family in Sindangan, Philippines.

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One response to “Making a little history: meet the world's shortest man”

  1. He is incredibly handsome! Beautiful, actually.

    Let us try to comprehend how our Lord must see him: he is clearly a “VIP” to be given such a cross, since such a cross surely means that he is especially loved and regarded by our Lord. I dislike and fear the imprudence of canonization presumptions (at funerals etc), but I think it’s a safe bet that we should (must) pray for this young man since he will be, with almost no doubt, in a lofty position one day and his prayers will help us greatly.

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