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 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 ...

Jan 2019
UNIVERSITY SPORTS 11:14am, Jan 13, 2019
Couple talk: How DLSU athletes Kib and Des thrive on teamwork

MANILA, Philippines – DLSU Green Archers team captain Kib Montalbo and DLSU Lady Spikers star Desiree Cheng share many similar traits playing for high-profile collegiate teams in the UAAP. The ...

Dec 2018
DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY 06:49pm, Dec 21, 2018
New regime: La Salle seeks return to glory

MANILA, Philippines – Do you want to know the best-kept secret in Taft Avenue? Here it is. Since the departure of Franz Pumaren from the team, the De La Salle Green Archers basketball program hasn’t ...

ADAMSON UNIVERSITY 09:25am, Dec 19, 2018
Pumaren: 'I’ll be with Adamson for the long haul'

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Multi-titled coach Franz Pumaren, who has been with the Adamson men’s basketball program since 2015, told Rappler on Wednesday, December 19, that he will return ...

DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY 12:12am, Dec 14, 2018
Former Qatar coach tapped as new La Salle mentor

MANILA, Philippines – Former Qatar national basketball team head coach Tim Lewis is expected to be named as the new head coach of the De La Salle Green Archers, multiple sources have informed ...

Hurting, U.P.? Good, it means you’ve made it

MANILA, Philippines – Do you ever contemplate on what makes you feel the most alive? It’s funny, isn’t it, that there are a number of people beyond our imaginations living in the same planet ...

UAAP 11:07am, Dec 02, 2018
Ateneo gives U.P. a lesson on UAAP’s biggest stage

MANILA, Philippines – Remember those days as a kid when you wondered for so long when you would finally beat your big brother at pick-up? It was dreadful, wasn’t it? Being the one who was easily ...

Nov 2018
Heartbreak rejected: U.P. makes dream come to life

MANILA, Philippines – Sports is beautiful, but it can also be painfully heartbreaking. The great Pat Riley once said, “There’s winning, and then there’s misery.” For die-hard fans who ...

Impossible to reality: U.P.'s title dream gets closer than ever

MANILA, Philippines – Have you ever found yourself speechless amidst a sea of chaos? Have you ever been in a situation where you were unable to find the words to describe the spectacle you just ...

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 ...