When Imelda visited Ateneo

Mrs Marcos was invited because of a donation that helped start the foundation. A Van Cliburn piano concert she organized in 1974 yielded proceeds of around P6 million according to Marcos' staff. Perhaps as a sign of gratitude, and many may have forgotten this bit of historical information, the Ateneo conferred on Cliburn an honorary degree – a doctor of humane letters degree – in 1974. The former prime minister Cesar Virata was another awardee that same year.