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.

Feb 2020
OTHER SPORTS 08:33pm, Feb 16, 2020
Tokyo 2020: Who’s Olympic taekwondo hopeful Pauline Lopez?

MANILA, Philippines – There’s a unique mix of style and confidence in the way Pauline Lopez moves, which is rare, even for other athletes who’ve earned the right to wear gold medals around their ...

DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY 05:28pm, Feb 12, 2020
Jermaine Byrd leaves La Salle, pursues other coaching options

MANILA, Philippines – Jermaine Byrd, who served as consultant and acting head coach for the La Salle Green Archers last UAAP season, will no longer remain part of the men's basketball coaching ...

Maroons bolster team with new recruits Calimag, Eusebio

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons added talent to their roster by securing commitments from RC Calimag and Anton Eusebio, team officials ...

UP's Javi GDL to sit out Season 83, opens door for return

MANILA, Philippines – UP Fighting Maroons veteran Javi Gomez de Liaño has decided to sit out the men's basketball tournament of UAAP Season 83 that will be held in September, he confirmed to Rappler ...

Jan 2020
NBA 04:01pm, Jan 27, 2020
Kobe Bryant was a superhero of this generation

MANILA, Philippines – Kobe Bryant was a superhero, but not only because of his otherworldly ability to shoot a basketball through a hoop. He was a hero because he was inspiring beyond words; a ...

Molde, UP veteran spikers back for another UAAP run

MANILA, Philippines – The veterans of the University of the Philippines women’s volleyball team are set to return for the upcoming UAAP Season 82 volleyball tournament, a source in UP management ...

UAAP 12:43pm, Jan 21, 2020
Evan Nelle wants to 'spread his wings' in move to La Salle

MANILA, Philippines – Following days of speculation, Evan Nelle confirmed to Rappler on Tuesday, January 21, that he will transfer to De La Salle University and play in the UAAP after spending the ...

UAAP 04:10pm, Jan 13, 2020
La Salle's Cagulangan set for transfer to UP

MANILA, Philippines – Former NCAA juniors MVP Joel Cagulangan is set to transfer to the University of the Philippines, a source in the UP administration told Rappler on Sunday, January 12. The ...

DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY 02:48pm, Jan 10, 2020
A reunion with Derrick Pumaren might be what La Salle needs

MANILA, Philippines – Derrick Pumaren was caught by surprise. “Well,” he began to laugh, “what am I going to say?” The question just posed to him centers around the first big collegiate ...

Dec 2019
OTHER SPORTS 10:34pm, Dec 31, 2019
Crowns, curses and magic: Why we love PH sports in the 2010s

MANILA, Philippines – As another decade ends, let’s take a look back at the most memorable events that unfolded in Philippine sports. Hidilyn makes history When Zamboanga City native Hidilyn ...