Roberto Santiago is a Brazilian businessman and entrepreneur who is known for building the largest mall in the state of Paraiba. However, Roberto Santiago never intended to become an entrepreneur in the first place, as he was already contented in his writing career.
Born in the city of Joao Pessoa, Roberto Santiago have always wanted to do something that would make his hometown proud. The town of Joao Pessoa is frequented by tourists from all over the globe, because of its pristine beaches and historical sites. It is also the home of the easternmost point in the Americas, drawing curious people and adventurers alike. He has thought of creating a business that caters to the needs of the tourists like a restaurant or a souvenir shop, but he does not possess the courage to start the company that he conceived. Thinking that it is impossible for him to manage his own business, Roberto Santiago decided to focus on his writing stint instead.
Roberto Santiago has been working as a writer ever since he graduated from the school which he attended. He found his passion for writing after he drafted several articles and let his friends and family read them. They praised his style of writing, and he decided that he should make a living out of it. He applied in major Brazilian publications as a writer, and soon after, he was writing articles for the nation to see. He was enjoying his passion so much, that he already forgot doing business in his home city. With the introduction of the internet, Roberto Santiago’s works were seen by so many people around the world, and his following increased.
One day, as he was walking along the streets of Joao Pessoa, he noticed a vacant lot that was put on sale. The lot was big, and he thought of developing it. His dream of building a business for his city once again crossed his mind, and he decided to develop the land that he bought and turn it into a shopping mall. The construction of his shopping mall took two years to build, and it opened to the public in 1989. He named the mall as Manaira Shopping, and it became the new symbol of economic progress for his hometown. The mall stood at the heart of the city, and it has several amenities and facilities that the locals can use. The way of life for most people living in Joao Pessoa changed after the construction of the mall, and Manaira Shopping became a stopover for tourists visiting the city. Manaira Shopping has undergone several renovations and expansion, and today, it keeps on growing and becoming a self-sufficient mini-city at the heart of Joao Pessoa.