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.

Nov 2018
ADAMSON UNIVERSITY 02:59pm, Nov 16, 2018
Ahanmisi, Manganti questionable for crucial Adamson-FEU game

MANILA, Philippines – The status of Adamson's two best players, Jerrick Ahanmisi and team captain Sean Manganti, as well rookie standout Jed Colonia, are all up in the air as the 3 players are ...

Nothing would stop the Maroons' moment in history

MANILA, Philippines – Where were you, a little past 7 pm, on the night of November 14, 2018? In the future, will you look back at those few minutes and have a smile on your face? Will you think ...

The UP Maroons face their moment of truth against La Salle

MANILA, Philippines – When University of the Philippines and De La Salle University tip off their high-stakes match on Wednesday, November 14, it will be the biggest UAAP game for the Fighting ...

UAAP 05:29pm, Nov 09, 2018
4 big questions for this weekend’s UAAP games

MANILA, Philippines – The UAAP men’s basketball elimination round is nearing its 11th hour. The result of each game this weekend involves potentially major repercussions. There are two teams ...

DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY 09:43am, Nov 07, 2018
Why the DLSU Green Archers are only going to get better

MANILA, Philippines – They’ll never admit it, but actions always speak louder than words. That’s why when you look at the result of each DLSU Green Archers game in the UAAP this season, it’s no ...

Can anyone beat Ateneo?

MANILA, Philippines – At least for one quarter, the Adamson Soaring Falcons played the part. They acted the role required of them to belong on the same court as these Ateneo Blue Eagles. They ...

DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY 06:00pm, Nov 03, 2018
DLSU expects injured Samuel back in 1-2 weeks

MANILA, Philippines – DLSU Green Archers head coach Louie Gonzalez told Rappler on Saturday, November 3, that the team expects injured Kiwi big man Taane Samuel back either in the second or ...

Oct 2018
DRINKING 11:50am, Oct 14, 2018
The beer guide to save your life

MANILA, Philippines - Beer. It’s known universally, and for ages has been one of our greatest allies. Need something to accompany your lunchtime meal? Beer. Need something to ease off the stress ...

Ateneo’s Verano rocks pink socks in honor of cancer survivor mom

MANILA, Philippines – There are few things in life more precious than the bond between a mother and her son. For Ateneo Blue Eagles junior Raffy Verano and his mom, Therese, that's even more ...

UAAP 11:40pm, Oct 06, 2018
Get That Ball: Rivals Ateneo, La Salle on different levels

MANILA, Philippines – Get. That. Ball. If you watch UAAP basketball, it will take less than a second for you to remember that chant. For as far as I can recall, that has been the mantra most ...