Junrey Balawing, who is set to turn 18 this Sunday, will be crowned the world’s shortest man on his birthday. The Filipino, who stands at 23 inches (58cm), is the size of a one-year-old toddler.
Guinness World Record adjudicators have arrived at his home in the Phillipines, ready to measure him before the big day.
Balawing will snatch the record away from Nepal’s Khagendra Thapa Magar, who has held the world record since October 14, 2010.
Balawing suffers from several medical conditions which have had an impact on his growth, and also cause him pain when walking and standing for long periods of time.
His parents, however, couldn’t be more ecstatic and plan to celebrate alongside the local government with balloons and cake.
Representing the Guinness World Records, editor-in-chief Craig Glenday, said: “...if all accounts are to be believed, he should be about 22 inches, so this would make him the smallest person ever measured."
In response to the announcement, the vice-mayor of Sindangan, Bess Jagonio, said: "We are very proud because our town Sindangan will be known throughout the whole world-- that we have a person or a boy to become a titleist (title holder) of the book of Guinness.”