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With his younger sister Giselle looking on and press photographers crushing in, the shortest man on earth, Junrey Balawing, 18, takes a bite of birthday cake in the town of Sindangan, Philippines. The Guinness World Records verified Sunday, June 12, 2011 that Balawing is the shortest man in the world. The announcement coincided with the Philippines' annual Independence Day celebration. DREW BROWN/MCT