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.

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 ...

Apr 2017
DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY 03:56am, Apr 22, 2017
Welcome to Kim Fajardo’s last dance

MANILA, Philippines – It’s difficult to believe, given how quickly it felt like time flew by, but here we are. There are, at the most, 5 more games remaining in the well-admired career of La Salle ...

Feb 2017
DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY 02:21pm, Feb 16, 2017
After humbling defeat to UP, Lady Spikers must answer wake-up call

MANILA, Philippines – If you’re wondering what the DLSU Lady Spikers were up to following their troubling 3-set defeat at the hands of the UP Lady Maroons on Wednesday, February 15, the answer is ...

UAAP 05:48pm, Feb 05, 2017
La Salle opens UAAP title defense with 3-set sweep of FEU

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The De La Salle University Lady Spikers opened their title-retention bid in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament with a 3-set sweep of the FEU Lady ...

DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY 02:03pm, Feb 05, 2017
From Ball Girl to MVP: The journey of Kim Dy

MANILA, Philippines – The walk from the track field to the volleyball gym at De La Salle Zobel isn’t a long one, but under the burdensome and often-drenching Manila rainy weather, it can be quite ...

PBA 05:06pm, Feb 04, 2017
TNT hounds Romeo, takes Game 1 against GlobalPort

MANILA, Philippines – Leaning on a sound defensive strategy to contain PBA top scorer Terrence Romeo and a balanced, well-rounded attack on offense, TNT KaTropa drew first blood by taking Game 1 of ...

PBA 09:08pm, Feb 03, 2017
Rain or Shine books last playoffs ticket, will face San Miguel

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters booked the last seat in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup playoffs thanks to a dominant 103-80 victory over the Blackwater Elite on ...