Junrey Balawing, the Filipino who is about to become the world's smallest man is just 22 INCHES high. The 17-year-old is tinier than a one-year-old. When he turns 18 on June 12, he will take the title - smashing five inches off the current record. Junrey lives in a village in a remote region of the Phillipines' Zamboanga del Norte province. Despite his size, Junrey has a healthy appetite. He has learnt to write and draw and, when he can, he helps out at the family's basic yet comfortable farmhouse, feeding their chicken.
The current title holder is Khagendra Thapa Magar, of Nepal, who is 26.4in tall.The battle for the title had begun after the previous record-holder He Pingping from China died of a heart attack aged 21 in March last year.A Guinness World Records spokesman said: "We are looking to review the claim when Junrey Balawing turns 18, which is when candidates for this title can officially apply for the record."