Inside the tiny ‘Island of Mirrors’ where 100 pairs of twins live – one in every THREE families – and no-one knows why

The Sun 1 month ago

THIS tiny fishing island in the Philippines will have you rubbing your eyes in amazement.

That's because Alabat, home to just 15,000 people, is home to more than 100 pairs of twins.

 The tiny Filipino island of Alabat is home to around 100 pairs of twins

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The tiny Filipino island of Alabat is home to around 100 pairs of twins

Right now, 78 are non-identical and 22, including four-month-olds Gian and John, look exactly the same.

Those two lads are the youngest while Eudosia and Antonia, 86, are the oldest, MailOnline reports.

And just to trick people into thinking there might actually be a glitch in the Matrix, many dress the same.

Antonia, who married when she was 19, said her husband had a clever way of telling them apart.

 The island has become world famous for its high number of twins and the locals play up to it by wearing similar clothes to their siblings

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The island has become world famous for its high number of twins and the locals play up to it by wearing similar clothes to their siblings

 Hanna and Hazel's mum says she can tell the difference between them because Hazel has chubbier cheeks

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Hanna and Hazel's mum says she can tell the difference between them because Hazel has chubbier cheeks

 Schools, homes and families on the island of Alabat are overrun with identical siblings including Dalisay and Dalna

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Schools, homes and families on the island of Alabat are overrun with identical siblings including Dalisay and Dalna

She said: "In the initial days my husband would often mistake Eudosia for me.

"There were some embarrassing moments when my husband made amorous overtures to my sister thinking that it was me.

"I then showed him that I have a mole on my nose while my sister does not have one. That solved the problem."

The number of twins on Alabat may even have gone up in the last few years.

 Eudosia and Antonina, 82, are the oldest twins of Alabat Island - although they are not identical

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Eudosia and Antonina, 82, are the oldest twins of Alabat Island - although they are not identical

 At four months, Gian and John Gaylord are the youngest doppelgangers on the island
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At four months, Gian and John Gaylord are the youngest doppelgangers on the island

 Isabelle and Alexa's mum believes she gave birth to twins because she was fond of eating twin bananas while pregnant

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Isabelle and Alexa's mum believes she gave birth to twins because she was fond of eating twin bananas while pregnant

 Janna and Jean Orsolino, 14, wear different clothes and have different fashion tastes

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Janna and Jean Orsolino, 14, wear different clothes and have different fashion tastes

In 2013, Transterra Media reported around 60 of them on the island.

At the time, the mayor said four per cent of the island's 12,039 residents were twins.

He and his wife were shocked to find so many on the island when they migrated there in the 1980s.

 Twins Jane Nicole and Jennie Nicole, wearing a Hello Kitty top, are always dressed differently by their mum so she can recognise them

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Twins Jane Nicole and Jennie Nicole, wearing a Hello Kitty top, are always dressed differently by their mum so she can recognise them

 No one is quite sure why the island has such a high proportion of twins

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No one is quite sure why the island has such a high proportion of twins

 Mahalia and Joshua are among the 100 twins who live on the tiny island of Alabat

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Mahalia and Joshua are among the 100 twins who live on the tiny island of Alabat

 Dalisay and Rosamie not only look the same, they dress the same too, just to add to the confusion

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Dalisay and Rosamie not only look the same, they dress the same too, just to add to the confusion

 Jane and John, eight, are one of the fraternal twins in the island

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Jane and John, eight, are one of the fraternal twins in the island

 Danisse and Marisse, 15, wear different sets of clothes so that people can easily identify them

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Danisse and Marisse, 15, wear different sets of clothes so that people can easily identify them

 Justine and Joshua de Chavez, 10, also like to make sure people cal tell them apart

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Justine and Joshua de Chavez, 10, also like to make sure people cal tell them apart

 The number of twins on Alabat may even have gone up in the last few years

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The number of twins on Alabat may even have gone up in the last few years

 Twins Nimfa and Nimia pose for a picture in Alabat

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Twins Nimfa and Nimia pose for a picture in Alabat

 Identical twins Bryan and Brent Manlugan are related to the youngest set of twins in Alabat

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Identical twins Bryan and Brent Manlugan are related to the youngest set of twins in Alabat

A historic study found a 182 per cent increase in multiple pregnancies in 35-year-old women between 1996 to 2006 due to the use of fertility drugs.

But this could not have influenced Alabat, a remote island which did not have access to the medication.

No scientific studies have been carried out to find out why there is such a high ratio of twins on the island.


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