• In 1983, he was declared Distinguished Neighbor by the Mayor of Guatemala City for his work in the coordination of National and International Information about the first visit to Guatemala of His Holiness John Paul II, a task Ligorría performed for the office of communications of the Cardinal of Guatemala, Mario Casariego y Acevedo, in coordination with the Vatican press office.
  • In 1987, he won the Ludwig Von Mises Latin American Award, presented by the Center for Free Enterprise of Mexico for his essay "The Law and Freedom and Hispanic America."
  • In June 1996, he was awarded the Order of the White Nun, First Class, for his contributions to the consolidation of democracy in Guatemala. It is the highest decoration awarded to civilians by the Guatemalan Army and is authorized by the President of the Republic of Guatemala.
  • In 1998, Honorary Mention at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation's Fourth Liberalism in Latin America Awards, for his essay "Energy Crisis, Bridge to Freedom."
  • In 1999, Third Place at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation's Fifth Liberalism in Latin America Awards, for his essay "Equality Before the Law, the Key Challenge."
  • In 2000, he received the Alacop 2000 Award from the Latin-American Association of Political Consultants for the Best Government Marketing in Latin America Campaign in 10 Years (the 1990s), for the work done for the Government of Guatemala during the presidency of the late Ramiro de León Carpio Esq. De León holds the record for the highest qualification for a departing administration in Latin America in the past 40 years: a popularity rating of 82 percent upon leaving office.
  • In August 2001, he was declared Honorary Rotarian by the Guatemala City Rotary Club (the nation's oldest), for his permanent contributions to the consolidation of the democratic system in Guatemala.