Jane Bracher


Jane covers college and professional basketball, volleyball, the national teams, even the occasional football and mixed martial arts, and everything in between for Rappler Sports.

Currently, her primary focus is on Gilas Pilipinas, the PBA, collegiate basketball (UAAP, NCAA) and collegiate volleyball (UAAP, V-League).

Jane has been covering sports for nearly 3 years now. Among the special events she covered include the NBA Global Games, UFC Fight Night in Manila, as well as NBA players who visited Manila such as LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Paul George, James Harden, among others.

She participated in Rappler's extensive coverage of Pope Francis' Manila visit in January 2015. Jane is also proud to have covered Tim Cone's second PBA Grand Slam season from 2013 to 2014.

Jane's favorite sports stories are the human ones. It's those real life stories of struggle, failure, breakthrough and success that make her want to keep writing despite the difficulties of the daily grind.

For every sports story, her goal is to write about and give justice to the athletes who go above and beyond human limitations to touch greatness – in the hope that those stories will inspire the rest of us to do the same.

A graduate of University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts, Jane is big on a well-packaged story that includes words, photos and videos. She not only writes, she shoots photos and videos as well.

Jane is a huge music geek. She also loves film, cartoons, books, art, history, adventure, and solo living room dance parties.

Aug 2017
GILAS PILIPINAS 02:20pm, Aug 17, 2017
WATCH: Kobe Paras on the Marawi crisis, importance of speaking up

MANILA, Philippines – It's still far from the norm for athletes to talk about social issues with "stick to sports" being a popular phrase used for criticism against athletes who do express their ...

SEA GAMES 10:34am, Aug 15, 2017
Jules Alpe set to light up SEA Games ice skating rink for the first time

MANILA, Philippines – A 4-year-old boy kicked an orange cone on his way out of an ice skating rink. He was angry and frustrated because he was too young, and the rules excluded him from what he ...

GILAS PILIPINAS 06:06pm, Aug 10, 2017
In epic slaying of China, Gilas Pilipinas shows it can and will fight back

Every once in a while, Gilas Pilipinas plays a magical game. Games that are like Halley's comet, which graces us with its majesty every 75 years – except the Philippine national men's basketball ...

SEA GAMES 12:00pm, Aug 10, 2017
PH equestrian team banks on experienced riders at SEA Games 2017

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine equestrian team is aiming to bounce back from a medal-less 2015 run as it competes in show jumping and dressage at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala ...

GILAS PILIPINAS 11:12pm, Aug 09, 2017
'Who's next??? Bring 'em on!!': Cone, Alapag all praises for Gilas Pilipinas

MANILA, Philippines – Fans weren't the only ones closely monitoring Gilas Pilipinas' rematch with China during the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon on Wednesday, August 9. Basketball stars ...

GILAS PILIPINAS 08:23pm, Aug 09, 2017
Gilas exacts payback on China in FIBA Asia Cup 2017 opener

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Philippines exacted some payback for a heartbreaking defeat in the FIBA Asia Championship final two years ago when they overcame China, 96-87, to open the 2017 ...

PBA 05:55pm, Aug 07, 2017
Rain or Shine trades Tolomia for Meralco's Daquioag

MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine's dealing continues as it traded Gilas Pilipinas cadet Mike Tolomia for fellow cadet Ed Daquioag of Meralco, the PBA announced on Monday, August ...

PBA 02:28pm, Aug 07, 2017
Rain or Shine marksman Jeff Chan traded to Phoenix

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Veteran sharp-shooter Jeff Chan has ended his 8-year long era with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters after he was traded to the Phoenix Fuel Masters, the PBA ...

PBA 09:00am, Aug 07, 2017
Returning Henry Walker instantly helps Blackwater snap losing streak

MANILA, Philippines – Henry Walker had a triumphant return to the Philippine Basketball Association when he led the Blackwater Elite to a thrilling 92-86 victory over the Phoenix Fuel Masters on ...

PBA 09:11pm, Aug 06, 2017
Meralco trounces KIA to extend winning run

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Meralco Bolts weather injuries to key guys and rolled to a 112-97 victory over the slumping KIA Picanto in the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup on Sunday, August 6 at the ...