If there is any one thing Roberto Santiago knows well its venture capitalism and success! Roberto has been involved in many prosperous and affluent professions throughout his life. He has authored books, written and directed screenplays, worked in various entertainment sectors and built one of Brazil’s biggest shopping destinations, Manaira mall. Manaira is so loved and offers so many things to do that people from all over the world come to Joao Pessoa, Brazil just to explore the shopping and entertainment options. Roberto left no stone unturned when constructing the mall. There’s something for all ages. There is a beautiful space to host various venues as well. Santiago is well-regarded for his business perspicacity and ability to recognize potential both in the capital ventures and entertainment industry.
Since the mall’s inception in 1989 it has seen four additional expansions between the years of 1993 and 2007. Entertainment wise, the shopping center has bowling alleys, 3-D theatres, amusement parks, arcades, game rooms and gardens. For people’s convenience there are banks, gyms, a countless array of restaurants and even a university. For parties and other venues there’s a tremendous ballroom and hall on the buildings terrace. It can hold over 8,000 people alone. Some of the kinds of stores that the famous mall offers are candy shops, coffee shops, cosmetic shops, jewelry stores, cosmetic companies, hair salons and fashion and fitness wear. The food options are incredible with most of all cultural influences offered. There is even a Division of Motor Vehicles, a police station and a public defender’s firm within the mall.
Roberto Santiago has authored numerous books. His children’s novels are particularly popular and include the beloved “The Protectors,” “John and the Machine of Fear” and “Strangers in Time series.” His football novels , “Los Futbolísimos,” has ranked as one of Brazil’s largest selling Children’s books. It has been so popular that it was interpreted into several dialects. In 2006, Roberto was nominated Best Adapted Screenplay for his film, “The Longest Penalty In The World.” His most recent theatrical Works are listed in chronological order below.
- The Happiness of Women (2008)
- Sexual Perversions in Chicago (2010)
- To Say No (2013)
- Lady Chatterley’s Mole (2014)
- More Basque surnames (2015)
- Topos, Based on Real Facts (2015)
- Adolescent (2015)
Roberto Santiago has been a very influential contributor and innovative leader among several sectors of industry in Brazil. With the contribution of the Manaira Mall he has positively impacted the Brazilian economy and brought thousands of jobs to the surrounding communities. Even with his great successes he continues to be involved in the community and contributes to many wonderful causes that fosters Brazilian life and youth.