Naveen Ganglani


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A pure-blooded Indian who’s born, raised, and lives in the Philippines, Naveen has been writing about sports professionally since 2013 and has been a sports reporter for Rappler since June 2015 for one purpose: to turn special moments into words that can last a lifetime.

He also writes for Rappler’s Lifestyle and Entertainment sections and for the official lifestyle magazine of the Philippine Basketball Association: PBA Life. In the past, he wrote columns for Solar Sports, Basketball TV, Pinoy Exchange, and The Lasallian - the official publication of De La Salle University, where he graduated with a degree in psychology in June 2013.

Naveen lives sports. For years, he’s watched and covered numerous leagues like FIBA tournaments, the NBA, NFL, MLB, UAAP, PBA, and both US and PH NCAA. He also enjoys watching the Philippine Superliga, boxing fights, tennis, and UFC, among others.

In his free time, Naveen likes to binge-watch on TV shows and movies, read books, record podcasts with other die-hard sports fanatics, attend music festivals, shoot hoops on a Monday night, try out new restaurants with friends, or find the latest adventure. Away from the media world, he's a budding entrepreneur who hopes to handle multiple businesses in the distant future.

If he’s not covering an event, you can find Naveen indulging on a pint of Salted Caramel Beer and a plate of Garlic Parmesean Fries at Tipsy Pig while working on his laptop or catching that night’s big game.

Oct 2019
UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS 10:40am, Oct 18, 2019
What the Abando situation means for UST and the UAAP

MANILA, Philippines – Dressed in black but still noticeable under the bright lights of the Mall of Asia Arena, Rhenz Abando watched from the sidelines as his UST Growling Tigers defeated the UP ...

Sep 2019
UAAP 09:23am, Sep 30, 2019
UP is better, but so is Ateneo

MANILA, Philippines – It’s fascinating how quickly the Battle of Katipunan has progressed into one of the UAAP’s great rivalries. There is both mutual respect and admiration between the two ...

UAAP 09:29pm, Sep 28, 2019
It takes time: La Salle teases, UST learns important lesson

MANILA, Philippines – Encho Serrano rose nearly 5 feet in the air, got hit in the face by Mark Nonoy, and made the daredevil layup. It was no surprise, because he was having the game of his life. ...

UAAP 06:55pm, Sep 26, 2019
La Salle fumbles to UP: From a statement to 'sayang'

MANILA, Philippines – "Sayang.” It’s not a fun word, probably because it lies somewhere between joy and misery. It’s a downer, right? From what could have been to what should have ...

UAAP 06:00pm, Sep 16, 2019
For the UP Maroons to be great, they must remember what makes them special

MANILA, Philippines – Sometimes, basketball isn't sport. It's art. What makes the game so special is how the 10 human beings on the court manifest their personalities with the use of a ball and two ...

UAAP 10:35am, Sep 09, 2019
La Salle on the right path, but Ateneo still the UAAP standard

MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo versus La Salle, it’s one of the grandest traditions in Philippine sports. It’s a social event, where spectators travel far to Cubao because of, as the modern age ...

GILAS PILIPINAS 11:25am, Sep 05, 2019
The unanswered prayer

MANILA, Philippines – Kiefer Ravena’s prayer sailed for an eternity. It had so many things riding on it: from his personal redemption, to a memory for Philippine basketball, to providing a ...

GILAS PILIPINAS 10:33am, Sep 03, 2019
In Gilas’ collapse, let’s remember what matters

MANILA, Philippines – What is basketball to you? Is it only a matter of who wins or loses, or is it more than that? What would you do if you couldn’t play it? Would you be okay? Or would you ...

GILAS PILIPINAS 02:47pm, Sep 01, 2019
FIBA World Cup: Italy bullies Gilas to breaking point

MANILA, Philippines – It’s tempting to fantasize about an ideal world, one where the harsh realities of life are simply overcome by unrelenting will, stubborn courage, and more heart. It makes ...

Feb 2019
FOOD 07:30pm, Feb 15, 2019
Travel back to a time of defiance at The Back Room

You walk down a beautiful hallway, eager to discover whether what you’ve heard is fact or fiction. Coincidentally, there are a few helpful friends who can read your anticipation, aware exactly of ...