It used to be the New Philippines

Republic of Palau © Jojie Alcantara 2006

Rock Islands © Jojie Alcantara 2006

Trivia:  It used to be called the New Philippines.

Named by CEDAM International as “One of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World”, this country lies 1000km (600 miles) east of  the Philippines (my country),  about 800 miles (1,280 km) southwest of Guam  and 2000 miles (3200 km) south of Tokyo.  It is the westernmost cluster of the six major island groups that make up the Caroline Islands lying at the end of Micronesia in the Philippine Sea.  It has more than 200 islands, of which only eight are inhabited.

Rock Islands © Jojie Alcantara

Rock Islands © Jojie Alcantara

In history, this area has once been christened Nuevas Filipinas or New Philippines (1700-1800), as part of the Spanish East Indies territories governed from Manila.  It was also named  Los Palaos, Pelew Islands, Caroline Islands —traditionally for locals, it is Belau.

In my visit to this breathtaking island nation in 2006, I got to pose with two beautiful kids aged 9… at these sizes.

Republic of Palau

Posing with 9-year old healthy kids!

Can you guess what country this is?  :-)

My trip to this small republic in the Pacific and more images