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 2020
DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY 04:31pm, Jul 04, 2020
[PODCAST] At the Buzzer: A La Salle lookback with Mike Cortez

At the Buzzer · Episode 4: A La Salle lookback with Mike Cortez At the Buzzer · Episode 4: A La Salle lookback with Mike Cortez Subscribe to Rappler Sports podcast on iTunes and ...

DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY 10:25pm, Jul 03, 2020
Mike Cortez looks back at La Salle career in upcoming podcast

MANILA, Philippines – In the upcoming podcast episode of At the Buzzer, Rappler talks to former La Salle Green Archers great Mike Cortez about his successful career in the UAAP. Cortez, who won ...

Jun 2020
BASKETBALL 01:49pm, Jun 24, 2020
Why play in Japan? 'To challenge myself,' says Thirdy Ravena

MANILA, Philippines – A three-time UAAP Finals MVP for the Ateneo Blue Eagles and now a soon-to-be Asian import in Japan, Thirdy Ravena told Rappler on Wednesday, June 24, that he accepted the ...

VOLLEYBALL 04:48pm, Jun 20, 2020
[PODCAST] At the Buzzer: Gretchen Ho on spiking and shifting gears

At the Buzzer · Episode 3: Gretchen Ho on spiking and shifting gears Subscribe to Rappler Sports podcast on iTunes and Spotify MANILA, Philippines – There are few athletes who have made the ...

VOLLEYBALL 04:05pm, Jun 19, 2020
Who made Gretchen Ho’s all-time Ateneo Lady Eagles lineup?

MANILA, Philippines – Before the Ateneo Lady Eagles won consecutive UAAP titles this decade, the team turned into a championship contender behind a group of standout student-athletes who were ...

DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY 07:39pm, Jun 16, 2020
Should La Salle retire Jeron Teng’s jersey?

MANILA, Philippines – The celebration of Jeron Teng’s finest UAAP masterpiece was also the final image of his reign as King Archer: legs straddled atop a ladder, index fingers pointed to the ...

Hopeful Almadro not forcing return of 5th year Lady Eagles

MANILA, Philippines – Oliver Almadro, the head coach of the Ateneo women’s volleyball team, said he is managing his expectations on the possible return of his veteran student-athletes in UAAP ...

UAAP 05:33pm, Jun 03, 2020
UAAP eyes eligibility, age limit extension

MANILA, Philippines – Fifth-year and overage players whose final seasons were cut short due to the virus-hit UAAP Season 82 may get a chance to play again next season. League officials say the ...

UAAP 02:24pm, Jun 03, 2020
September UAAP opening looks unlikely, league officials say

MANILA, Philippines – UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag admits the usual September opening of the UAAP becomes more unlikely by the day. “Mukhang January nga. Yung timeframe gumalaw na (Looks ...

For the ages: How LA Tenorio, Ateneo ended La Salle’s dynasty

MANILA, Philippines – “Sakit, pare.” If you’re reading this, you’ve probably said the same words. The themes that arrive with sports – from the trials, to the victories, and especially the ...