LOOK: Volleyball icon Leila Barros, now senator, shows endearing side during campaign

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 12 2018 06:04 PM

International volleyball legend Leila Barros endeared herself to millions of Filipino fans with her play and charm when the Brazilian national team hit Manila many years ago.

She has made headlines again, this time conquering a different arena — the political one — in her native country where she recently won a seat in the senate.

"Much appreciation for the 467,787 people who trusted me and now I promise to honor each and every one of you with hard work," Barros, 47, said, loosely translated in English from her native Portuguese, in an Instagram post after her victory.

Here are more images of Barros from her Instagram showing her on the campaign trail.

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In a message accompanying one video she posted on Instagram on October 4, 

Barros said she recognized the people's appreciation for her, referring to the said video showing her being feted by the Brazilian national football federation.

The message, loosely translated in English, said: "My #TBT is a tribute to you, supporters, supporters, who trust in my work and who walked with me here. This video shows all the affection I received even before the beginning of the campaign, when I was honored by the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation. 

"Today, looking at everything we have been through here, during these two months, the feeling that remains is gratitude. It was intense days of exchange with the city, with militancy, parties, children, women, young people, the elderly, all who were with me. You do not know how motivated I am and I want to make a difference. Thank you for walking by my side. You are in my heart!"

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