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. Carmona is the only municipality in the Philippines that observes a triennial draw of its communal lands among its locals – a practice that dates back to the country’s Spanish colonization period. It is celebrated every 3 years from February 16 to 22. Since Carmona was basically agricultural, the communal agricultural lands were offered to the farmers for cultivation through a lottery.
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