The 5th Element Magazine’s Staff Picks of 2015

In what happens to feel just like a 365-day haze of memes, Snapchat stories, beefs, fire jawnz, Aubrey Graham and dances that white folks eventually ruin, we suddenly find ourselves stumbling onto the doorstep of 2016. But before we come knockin’ to be let in, let’s take a moment to capture our favorites of 2015, care of yours truly, The 5th Element Magazine staff.

The 5th Element Magazine's Staff Picks of 2015

Sash Macatangay
Contributing Writer
1. Song: Coco O. – “Hardest Thing”
2. Moment: Watching the Pope’s Washington D.C. visit on TV
3. Brand: Everlane
4. Album: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
5. Sneaker/Shoe: Vans Sk8-Hi Slims

The 5th Element Magazine's Staff Picks of 2015
Nina Tabios
Community Manager
1. Song: Drake – “Hotling Bling” (duh)
2. Moment: Drake playing ping pong
3. Brand: adidas
4. Album: Erykah Badu – But You Cain’t Use My Phone/The Internet – Ego Death
5. Sneaker/Shoe: Air Jordan 1 “Chicago”

The 5th Element Magazine's Staff Picks of 2015
Nino Llanera
Co-Founder
1. Song: Justin Bieber – “Love Yourself”
2. Moment: Kanye’s VMA Speech and the Drake and Meek feud
3. Brand: Oublier/Nike
4. Album: Tori Kelly – Unbreakable Smile and The Weekend – Beauty Behind the Madness
5. Sneaker/Shoe: Air Jordan XI “72-10”

The 5th Element Magazine's Staff Picks of 2015
Kaycee “Vanilla Trilla” Rogers
Contributing Writer
1. Song: Bryson Tiller – “Don’t”
2. Moment: Kanye for President
3. Brand: Kith Women’s
4. Album: Miguel – Wildheart
5. Sneaker/Shoe: Air Jordan 1 “Chicago”

The 5th Element Magazine's Staff Picks of 2015
JK Gabrillo
Media Contributor
1. Song: Fetty Wap – “679”
2. Moment: Star Wars Episode VII
3. Brand: The Hundreds – “Back to the Hundreds” collection
4. Album: Justin Bieber – Purpose
5. Sneaker/Shoe: Air Jordan 1, Chuck Taylor All-Star II

The 5th Element Magazine's Staff Picks of 2015
Marc Mangapit
Co-Founder/DJ Editor
1. Song: Fetty Wap – “679”
2. Moment: As a collective, musical legends who released new songs! From Missy Elliott, Janet Jackson, Prince, Erykah Badu and Dr. Dre
3. Brand: KILLSPENCER
4. Album: Goldlink – And After That, We Didn’t Talk
5. Sneaker/Shoe: adidas Ultra Boost in gray colorway

The 5th Element Magazine's Staff Picks of 2015
Alvin Dharmawan
Media Contributor
1. Song: Lido and Santell – “Ashley”
2. Moment: Steve Harvey’s fail at the Miss Universe pageant
3. Brand: Uniqlo
4. Album: Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf
5. Sneaker/Shoe: adidas x BAPE x Undefeated Superstar 80V, both color ways

The 5th Element Magazine's Staff Picks of 2015

Richard “Reach” Guinto
Managing Editor
1. Song: Erykah Badu ft. Andre 3000 – “Hello”
2. Moment: Kendrick Lamar shutting down Sunset Blvd. while performing on a slow-moving 18-wheeler and being one of the hundreds of fans running behind it and watching his crazy performance.
3. Brand: adidas
4. Album: Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf
5. Sneaker/Shoe: Nike Zoom Flight ’95

The 5th Element Magazine's Staff Picks of 2015
Devon “Ironchef” Ward
Contributing Writer
1. Song: NxWorries – “Suede”
2. Moment: I pitched the idea of a video magazine at Woodbury University, based on the format of The 5th Element. The university president loved the idea, and approved creating a contemporary journalism class, where students and faculty from each major will contribute content from their corresponding area of expertise. Shaking hands with the heads of the communications department, and carving out a space to teach what I’ve learned working with friends is the highlight of my year. I’m proud of myself and I’m proud of my team.
 3. Brand: Ted Baker… I just discovered sport coats.
4. Album: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly 
5. Sneaker/Shoe: Green Pastel Nike Blazer Mids

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Richard "Reach" Guinto

Reach loves the Lakers, breakfast, the sound of a Fender Rhodes, and rapping along word for word to Wu Tang's "Triumph." If you're looking for him, he's probably out getting chicken.

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