French market Filipina vendor compares own immigration journey with early settlers in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS — For those visiting Louisiana, these must-see places are bursting with Filipino history and culture.

These markets representing the first Filipino settlements in the United States at St. Malo and Manila Village, where they thrived as a community by selling fresh goods and dried shrimp in the 1700s.

At these French markets in the big easy, Filipino business owners sell, souvenir items, like crocodile heads to mardi gras masks.

Several Filipino business owners like Mercy McEvilla rent a stall to sell their merchandise in one of busiest tourist spots in the French Quarter.

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