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In Focus | Joanna Yasay, Analyst, Advisory Services

Advisory services, Real estate advisory, Property advisory, Property consultancy service

According to Joanna Yasay, one of the analysts of Advisory Services, the best thing about working in Colliers is the people. She said that expectations may be high, but she was carefully guided by her more senior colleagues, ensuring that she understands what her department does and how she can contribute to the projects that they do.


1. What led you to a career in real estate?

Even before graduating from college I was already eyeing a career in government. I sent out many applications and took a couple of exams and interviews, but the waiting time after each made me anxious and frustrated. And so I tried looking for other opportunities in the private sector. I submitted my résumé to a number of companies on jobs platforms and, fortunately, Colliers was the first one to contact me. I grabbed the chance and after just a few weeks of the recruitment process, I was hired in August 2019, days before my birthday. I remember mentioning it as one of the best birthday gifts ever. I think God moves in mysterious ways and that He led me to this great company, and now I’m pursuing a career in real estate.

2. What is the best thing about working in Colliers?

The best thing about working in Colliers is the people. I became part of the company in 2019 and one of the “newbies” of the Advisory Services team. Expectations were already high from the start, but we were guided by our colleagues to understand what the department provides and how we can contribute to the projects that we do.

In March 2020, just a month after my regularization, the Covid-19 pandemic happened so we all had to work remotely. I love that the company’s support goes beyond helping you in your career growth. They also care about your well-being and mental health. My team particularly addressed this during the lockdown by conducting weekly socials through Microsoft Teams so in a way we could unload stress and at the same time connect with our teammates. Workload may be heavy, but the people I work with make it bearable.

3. What’s something people don’t know about you?

One trivia about me is that I am slow in almost everything, especially eating. I will be the first one to sit on the dining table and will be the last to finish my food.

4. Who is the one person who has influenced you the most?

I cannot limit this to just one person. My family, especially my parents, are the most influential people in my life. They have always been a huge support. All my core values, my character, and my point of view towards life are all shaped mostly from the experiences I have with them. They have inspired me to reach my goals and never give up. They have taught me to be hardworking, appreciative, and sympathetic.

5. Once the pandemic is over, where is the first place you would travel to and why?

I would definitely go to Batanes, if time and situation permit (and finances, too!). Batanes has always been on my bucket list since college. The breathtaking and scenic views of the landscapes and the ocean, the well-preserved heritage and culture, the Ivatan culture, Bahay na bato, Honesty Store – I would love to see and experience all these in Batanes.


Playing favorites:

Favorite movie or TV show: Brooklyn 99 and Sherlock Holmes
Favorite leisure activity:
Watching shows on Netflix
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Favorite K-pop or K-drama:
Fight for My Way and Our Beloved Summer
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Joanna Yasay


Advisory Services


Alvia joined Colliers Philippines in August 2019 as a research associate under the Research and Consultancy Team. 

She has assisted in doing market studies  that are used to provide consultancy services to various real estate clients.   She helps in the collection of data and information to help identify and monitor market conditions and changes in the real estate industry, particularly in Visayas and Mindanao region. She also helps in gathering information and maintaining the comprehensive database of the team.

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