Cindee: Yes, that’s very much true. I do like it because there won’t be a sense of jealousy. I never thought of having different things. What happened with us was that they just gave us something else on birthdays, Christmas and New Year’s, and we got used to that.
Most of our hobbies are the same and we like mostly the same things. But when I try think back, I guess we started wanting something different at age 7. That was the age when one of our aunts brought us to SM Megamall to choose what we wanted as a gift.
Candee: It is true. We experienced being given the same clothes and the same toys. I love and enjoy having the same clothes, hairstyle, and things. Sometimes, there’s a distinguishing mark on the gifts so we won’t get confused. But we share other things from time to time.
I only decided to have a different haircut when I started to work because I needed to tie my hair. For the clothes, I would buy the same design for me and my twin so we still have something in common even at this age. And we also have an Aunt who would still give us a twinning blouse or pants, etc.
During your childhood, did you often get sick at the same time? How was it when one feels unwell? Did your parents separate you from each other?
Cindee: During our childhood, we didn’t get sick ‘often at the same time.’ But when one gets sick, expect the other to follow. The time we both got sick same time was in Grade 3.
Candee had been sick for 3 consecutive days and they found out that she had a fever. I was immediately checked too and VOILA!!!! I too had a high fever. But mine was stage 1 and she was stage 2.
No, we weren’t separated. I actually prefer to be in one room with my twin. It’s just so fun. There is this bond that others won’t understand unless you too have a twin and are close. If the sickness is something that can be transmitted or wasairborne, then I’d be separated from Candee. I must admit it though that it would be extremely boring if I were alone. When we are sick, there is this sense of comfort from the other if we’re together.
Candee: We don’t often get sick at the same time. However, we both feel sad or uneasy when the other is unwell. Unlike other twins, we don’t believe that we have to be separated. We’ve been staying in one room since we were born and still do until this time, in our 30s. Cindee is right. If the sickness is easily transmitted, we’ll definitely be apart. But with today’s technology, we communicate online if needed to be far from each other.
Growing up, were your family and friends confused about who’s who? How did you deal with the confusion?
Candee: Yes, some of our family members and friends still get confused to this day. Sometimes it is my twin who confuses other people just like what happened in college.
Our professor called her name and she immediately pushed me while saying “you are called.” Being called on the spot made me flush red so the professor thought that I am really Cindee and our other classmates also got confused. I’m happy when someone gets confused because not all identical twins still look alike.
Cindee: Some of our family, relatives, and friends are still confused. It’s a lot of fun really. It’s like a mini prank even if we don’t intend to do that. I was once was walking in Glorietta Mall in Makati to go to the office of my twin when her colleagues passed by looking at me.
They were staring weirdly, in shock and with a confused face. I smiled and was thinking were they looking at me. Then they said, “Candee nagpagupit ka?! Kanina ang haba ng hair mo at iba damit mo.” (Candee, did you have your hair cut?! Your hair was long earlier and your clothes were different). There are a lot of instances like that. I laugh and just tell them that I am not Candee.
Were you classmates in school? How was it like studying with your twin? Were you compared with each other? Some twins struggle with their “identity” as they grow up. Did you go through the same struggle?