Hi..My mom's maiden name is palen. My grandmother (Odeth - or spelled Odit married to Nicanor, referred to as Canor) is palen and is in southern Philippines - Surigao del Sur. My great grandmother's name is Madang. If you have any more information, please e-mail me back. As for history on Dutch Palen, look in the "Origin of Palen" and just skim through it, it gives you a link.