Filipino fans couldn't seem to have enough of Brazilian charmer Mariana Costa
Mariana Costa says it's really special in the Philippines, thanks to the warmth of the Filipino fans. Mei-Lin Lozada

FILIPINO fans are beginning a love affair with another Brazilian volleyball star, as Volero Zurich’s Mariana Costa admitted that in just a few days of being here, the Philippines already has a special spot in her heart.

Pinoy fans, who fell in love with another Brazilian in Leila Barros, just couldn't seen to have enough of the beauteous outside hitter, who is suiting up for Volero Zurich in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship held at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“I didn’t think that I would be such a big thing here, that people are so nice to me, not only to me but to my team and all the teams,” Costa told after Volero Zurich secured the first semis spot via an easy win over Hisamitsu Springs Kobe on Wednesday.

“People in Brazil and other parts of the world are also nice, but it’s really special here in the Philippines,” she added.

The social media-crazy Pinoys have been sending Costa messages through her Twitter (@maricostavolei) and Instagram (@mariparaiba15) accounts. She shared that she’s gotten casual encouraging messages like, ‘I’m your biggest fan’ and ‘Good luck to your team’ and even some fans asking her out on a date.

But when asked if she’s open to dating a Filipino fan, the doll-like athlete/model, who is currently single, had a quick response.

“At this moment I’m not thinking of dating anybody,” she said with a sweet smile that could melt a cold heart. 

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