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.

Jul 2018
DRINKING 01:00pm, Jul 12, 2018
The Coconut Club: A tropical escape in the Metro

Despite what Instagram might suggest, travelling to tropical destinations every weekend is easier said than done. The thought of ending your Friday or Saturday evenings lying down on a bean bag, ...

On UP and college basketball: Something special happening

MANILA, Philippines – From a general view of things, it looks like the Ateneo Blue Eagles won the UAAP offseason with their successful outing in Greece, going undefeated on the way to winning the ...

NCAA 12:07pm, Jul 06, 2018
How patience and brotherhood changed the CSB culture

MANILA, Philippines – The College of St. Benilde Blazers were in danger of having a great preseason campaign – and on that important Thursday, June 28, a great performance – go to waste as the ...

GILAS PILIPINAS 02:40pm, Jul 04, 2018
Bulacan Sapakan: How it went from bad to worse for Gilas

MANILA, Philippines – Before the shove by RR Pogoy that commenced one of the most unflattering moments in the history of Philippine basketball, before the free-for-all ruckus that goes against ...

Jun 2018
TRAVEL 07:00pm, Jun 30, 2018
Eats and treats: Why Siargao is an adventurer's haven

Unassuming and serene, the island of Siargao has quickly become one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines. With some of the most beautiful waves there are, smaller islands to explore ...

UNIVERSITY SPORTS 04:12pm, Jun 29, 2018
Hubert Cani makes the most of his second chance

MANILA, Philippines – Hubert Cani drove to his right and then maneuvered to his left. A second later, he dribbled hard before stopping behind the 3-point line in a snap of a finger, catching his ...

UNIVERSITY SPORTS 06:55pm, Jun 21, 2018
Mbala: NCAA decision to ban foreign players feels harsh, racist

MANILA, Philippines – Although his basketball career in the Philippines might be over, former De La Salle big man and two-time UAAP MVP Ben Mbala is still up to date with the latest developments ...

PBA 08:35pm, Jun 18, 2018
Why the Jeff Chan trade is a game changer for Ginebra

MANILA, Philippines – Struggling to find its footing in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, Barangay Ginebra altered its trajectory with a momentum-building 104-84 victory over rival Magnolia in the ...

PBA 10:33am, Jun 06, 2018
The Jeron Teng stabbing: What we know

MANILA, Philippines – A stabbing incident involving Jeron Teng and his former La Salle teammates, Thomas Torres and Norbert Torres, shocked many on Sunday, June 3. The attack, which started with a ...

May 2018
BASKETBALL 03:34pm, May 28, 2018
After Ricci Rivero, ex-La Salle big GBoy Gob transfers to UP

MANILA, Philippines – An impressive offseason recruitment haul continues for the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons. State U head coach Bo Perasol confirmed to Rappler on Monday, May 28, ...