João Pessoa, one of the oldest cities in Brazil, was founded in 1585 by the Portugues and is the capital of Paraíba. The city contains historical structures such as the Redenção Palace, erected in 1586 and the Santa Catarina Fortress, built in 1586.
João Pessoa has been referred to as a paradise because of its green forests. Five miles southeast of João Pessoa is Cape Branco, surrounded by white sandy beaches, on the Atlantic Coast.
Roberto Santiago, entrepreneur, investor, business person, and real estate developer was born in historical João Pessoa, on July 16, 1958. He attended Pio X-Marist College in New York and earned a B.A., from theUniversity Center of Joao Pessoa, in Business Administration.
Roberto Santiago’s career began humbly working at the Café Santa Rosa. He established a cartonnage company that made cartons for decorative purposes. He was very successful in this business and started to build his wealth gaining knowledge of how to manage a business.
In 1987, Santiago purchased the land to build a shopping mall in João Pessoa. He started the construction of the Manaira Shopping Mall and opened it two years later in 1989. Since 1989 Santago made five expansions to the Manaira, which has become one of the largest malls in the state of Paraiba.
The Manaira is the largest shopping center established in JoãoPessoa. Over twenty years since it’s opening, it has kept up with the citizens of Joao Pessoa needs for entertainment, restaurants and a modern venue for major events. The mall has become a one-stop shopping mall for entertainment, food, clothes, art. and general shopping.
The Manaira shopping mall contains 288 stores. The mall provides such amenities as a fitness center with a gym, a food court, kid’s zone, an electric amusement park, rooftop dining, banks, bowling alleys and a college. The food court has undergone renovations on 2008, 2012, and 2014. The Manaira has furniture stores, bookstore, sports gear, clothing stores, jewelry, fashion, and cosmetics. The Manaira has eleven movie theaters, three of them with advanced 3D technology.
On the rooftop of the Manaira is the Domus Concert Hall, one of the largest concert halls in Joao Pessoa. The Domus Hall will host graduation ceremonies, musical concerts, fairs. Exhibits, conferences, and weddings. The Concert Hall will accommodate approximately 10,000 people standing and 4,000 seated. Read more at Blog Do Gordinho.
In 2014, Roberto Santiago had the grand opening of his second mall, the Mangabeira Shopping Mall. The opening was celebrated by the Governor of Brazil, Ricardo Coutinho, and the Mayor of João Pessoa, Luciano Cartaxo. The mall has 212 stores of all varieties, 17 of which area anchors. Almost about 4,500 direct and indirect jobs will be created. The inauguration was attended by more than five thousand people.