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.

Mar 2018
UAAP 11:49am, Mar 21, 2018
Former NCAA Jrs MVP runner-up Abu Hijleh joins UST

MANILA, Philippines – The UST Growling Tigers’ impressive off-season haul continued this week with the commitment of San Beda high school product Samuel Abu Hijleh. The news was confirmed to Rappler ...

UAAP 04:59pm, Mar 14, 2018
Playing with something to lose: How Aldin Ayo is shaping a new era for UST

MANILA, Philippines – Aldin Ayo’s sudden departure of De La Salle University to move to University of Santo Tomas was unexpected. Only a year removed from leading the Green Archers to a UAAP ...

UAAP 09:24pm, Mar 09, 2018
Michelle Cobb clarifies 'pointing' incident during Ateneo game

MANILA, Philippines – DLSU Lady Spikers sophomore Michelle Cobb, who this season has become La Salle’s main setter, was a hot topic on social media following her team’s victory over the Ateneo Lady ...

PBA 01:10pm, Mar 06, 2018
In his first playoff game, Kiefer Ravena did what Kiefer Ravena does best

MANILA, Philippines – There are only a few things that are certain in life. The clock won’t stop moving for anyone. The government will collect your taxes. Technology will only continue to evolve. ...

Feb 2018
PBA 02:51pm, Feb 22, 2018
PBA legend Alvin Patrimonio on the state of Philippine basketball

MANILA, Philippines – Alvin Patrimonio knows a thing or two about Philippine basketball. The man who was – and still is – popularly known as “Cap” had one of the more decorated playing careers from ...

UAAP 04:21pm, Feb 16, 2018
After 2 months of turbulence, Green Archers finally have positive outlook

MANILA, Philippines – It’s hard to imagine a more difficult period than what the De La Salle basketball program had to endure from the first week of December last year until the end of this past ...

Dec 2017
UAAP 09:45pm, Dec 22, 2017
Mbala eyes NBA dream, urges UAAP to stop 'toying around' with players' careers

MANILA, Philippines – A few days after seeing his De La Salle Green Archers' reign as the kings of UAAP basketball come to a heartbreaking end at the hands of archrival Ateneo Blue Eagles, the last ...

Oct 2017
UAAP 05:32pm, Oct 10, 2017
Ateneo, La Salle on a collision course for another finals showdown

MANILA, Philippines – Ben Mbala ran into an obstacle course of defenders, each one their arms up in the air, probably muttering prayers, forming a barrier which would stop La Salle’s force of nature ...

Sep 2017
DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY 09:45pm, Sep 12, 2017
Heart of a champ: Montalbo recovers from hospitalization to lead La Salle

MANILA, Philippines – Moments after the DLSU Green Archers defeated their rivals from FEU, 95-90, on Sunday, September 10, La Salle head coach Aldin Ayo sat at the press room of the Mall of Asia ...

Jun 2017
NBA 05:03pm, Jun 23, 2017
Backing up LaVar’s claim, Lonzo Ball confident in leading Lakers to playoffs

MANILA, Philippines – Once the smokescreen of other prospects getting picked by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2017 NBA Draft passed, and UCLA's Lonzo Ball was selected as expected, the ...