Roberto Santiago is a playwright, film director, scriptwriter, and an active investor. He was Born on July 16, 1968, and went to Complutense University where he studied Image and Sound. Roberto also has accreditation in literary creation from the school of letters of Madrid. Even though Santiago’s script writing is an inborn skill, he later on developed interests in directing as well as producing films. He began his video directing career in 1999 when he steered Roulette, his first short film. Roulette was presented in the Cannes Film Festival’s official section. In 2005, Roberto premiered a film dubbed The longest penalty in the world which received the nomination for Goya’s Best Adapted Screenplay awards. While continuing with his writing career, he joined X-Marist College to gain investment skills. Roberto further pursued a Business Administration degree in the University Centre in Joao Pessoa. It was at the College that Roberto began his investment career by setting up the Café Santa Rosa.
In 1987, Santiago bought a huge piece of land in Joao Pessoa on which he developed the famous Manaira Shopping Mall. Since its launch in 1989, the mall has continued to serve as the city’s largest mall to date. Manaira remains as one of Brazil’s biggest malls. The mall has the famous Domus Hall, a multipurpose auditorium with a soundproof and air-conditioned space situated on its rooftop. Domus has a two-story structure divided into two parts; a lower floor for public functions and a mezzanine level with separate cabins which offer private space as well as a small lounge music space. The hall has a seating capacity of 4,000 people and 10,000 individuals while standing. Domus’s quality sound equipment allows for conferences, seminars, fairs, concerts, exhibits, weddings, and other ceremonies use. Domus was launched in 2009 and has attracted the performances of several artists both Brazilian and international. Additionally, the hall is well equipped for theatrical productions.
Manaira offers several entertainment facilities including theatres and a gaming area. Additionally, it offers an exciting shopping experience with its many boutiques, furniture stores, cosmetics among many other stores. Manaira also consists high-end dining joints such as Waynes, Espaco Gourmet and Capital Steakhouse. These restaurants are found in its beautiful food court which has undergone three major renovations on 2008, 2012 and 2014.
Roberto is also the owner of Mangabeira shopping mall in Joao Pessoa. He also has other business ventures in the real estate and entertainment industry. Roberto has benefited the Brazilian community by providing cultural experiences and giving back to the community.