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× Former volleyball star Leila Barros now a senator in Brasilia

A volleyball superstar close to the heart of Filipinos has won a battle in a different arena.

Brazilian Leila Barros, who turned heads during the FIVB Grand Prix held in Manila in August 2000, was recently elected the first female senator in the state Brasilia, her country's capital.

"Much gratitude for the 467,787 people who trusted me and now I promise to honor with much work each and every…