Carmona Cavite will be celebrating soon its 153rd founding anniversary. The province hosts a unique festival in connection with the founding anniversary, the first of its kind in the country called the Sorteo lottery festival. This traditional festival lasts for one whole week.
Sorteo Festival 2013
The lottery festival was officially inaugurated last Tuesday by the provincial government and other local town officials. The festival organizer announced that there will be 109 parcels of land given to winners. The winners are expected to return the land after three years so that other men and women in the province get chances to win a farm lot.
The festival will see a participation of 9,738 residents this year. The festival begins with the traditional “Ani ng Kinabukasan”- the harvest for future event. It will be then followed by a parade of floats and dances, playing bands in the town-hall area.
The history of Sorteo
The word Sorteo means to draw or raffle. The festival was started way back in 1861 or four years after the formation of Carmona. Carmona was earlier called Barrio Latag. It was separated from its mother province in 1857.
The Sorteo lottery festival is first of its kind in Philippines which is celebrated every three years. The festival stands unique and is one which has paved way for realizing the rich tradition and culture of the town.
The festival was initially started as a means to create economic opportunity to farmers in the Spanish era. This has now grown great leaps to become the most celebrated festival among the Carmona folks.
The lucky draw
The festival, originally known as Subasta delas Tierras Communales del Pueblo de Carmona, sees people coming from various communal lands. The Sorteo festival is more of a lottery to other communal lands.
Folks from all major towns flock to Carmona for the Sorteo festival, dreaming of a chance to win a farm-land for straight three years. The enthralling event starts by listing out the family names taken out from a well decorated “tambiolo”. The best part of the event follows this. The host blurts out the entire family history for the amusement of other folks. The raffle winners are given the freedom and choice to opt for cash or hold instant auction in case they do not wish to tilt their traditional land.
The Gala event
The grand events of Carmona Sorteo Festival bring bliss and color to the city of Carmona with a Mardi Gras Parade to mark the 100th day count down. The pleasant evenings of the festival will include the participation of Mayor and other top officials. The evenings are taken by delight with a talent hunt for best singers in the Amateur Singing Contest. Singing is not the only event; there are also rewards for designing a mascot for Sorteo. Not to forget, the evening also takes the audience to a transient world with a fashion show by young designers. Carmona Cavite is a land of natural bliss, the place to enjoy extravagant sports but now with this innovative and unique cultural and arts festivals, the Sorteo, everything bundled together makes Carmona Cavite a must see place!!