Roberto Santiago grew up in the Brazilian city of Joao Pessoa. He started his entrepreneurial career when he started a cartonage company at a young age, designing and manufacturing cardboard folding cartons that were used by a host of companies he supplied them to. Roberto Santiago has since moved on to real estate as he bought a large plot of land in Joao Pessoa and in 1989 developed one of the crown jewels of the city, Manaira Shopping Mall. For his education, Santiago attended Pio X Marist College and received a degree in Business Administration from the University Center of Joao Pessoa.
Roberto Santiago has developed Manaira Mall into the largest mall in his Brazilian state, Paraiba, and one of the largest in all of Brazil. The construction of the mall started in 1987 and took two years until its completion. Manaira Mall features tons of shopping options, a theater, a large food court, a rooftop concert hall, a huge gaming area, a fitness center, banks, and even a college. The mall has become a daily place to visit for many residents of the city.
Domus Hall is an air-conditioned space on agenciaoglobo.com situated on the roof of the mall that was completed in 2009. There is enough space inside to host concerts, fairs, exhibits, and large conferences. Domus Hall can fit up to 10,000 people in its two-story structure; a mezzanine level that has individual cabins for lounge music as well as private affairs, and a ground floor for larger public events. It is specially equipped for concerts and theatrical productions due to its advanced sound equipment and acoustics.
The entertainment options available at Santiago’s mall includes a movie theater with features the latest shows and a large gaming area. The gaming area has a bowling alley as well as a fully equipped electronic amusement park on Wikipedia.org. The food court was expanded in 2008, 2012, and 2014 into providing restaurants that fit every type of budget and appetite. The food offered ranges from fast food fare to high-end dining at restaurants such as Capital Steakhouse, Espaço Gourmet, and Waynes.
The shopping at Manaira Shopping Mall includes something for everyone. At the mall you can find furniture, clothing, jewelry, sports gear, books and everything in between. Along with the banks and fitness center, the mall houses the college Higher Education of Paraiba so there will often be students and faculty around the rest of the mall.
Roberto Santiago has over the last 20 years developed the Manaira Mall into an attraction that brings in people throughout the region for a day of shopping, entertainment, and great food choices. With his construction of Domus Hall the city has been able to attract talented music groups to it, both Brazilian as well as international talent, that otherwise my not have come. Robertos Santiago has given back to his community and provided cultural experiences they otherwise would never have obtained.