Marife Necesito

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Marife Necesito is a Filipino actress on stage, film, and television productions. After portraying several obscure roles, she was cast in the film Mammoth with Mexican actor Gael García Bernal and American actress Michelle Williams.

Early life and career

Necesito was born in Manila and raised in Valenzuela City, a suburb of Metro Manila which at that time was part of Bulacan Province. After finishing high school at St. Jude Academy in Valenzuela's Malinta district, she pursued creative writing for Tagalog komiks and romance novels. When the komiks industry went downhill, she then shifted to acting for theater where she was trained by senior thespians Cecile Guidote-Alvarez and Angie Ferro. Her theatrical stint paved the way for her to act for television commercials and independent films.[1]

Role in Mammoth

In Mammoth, Necesito portrays the role of Gloria, a mother of two sons who leaves the Philippines to work as a nanny of the daughter (Sophie Nyweide) of an American couple played by Gael García Bernal and Michelle Williams. When Bernal's character goes to Thailand for a business trip, he decides to change his life that would set off a chain of events that impact the rest of the family, including Gloria.[1] Necesito bested other local actresses in the auditions, which she revealed took more than a year, including Alessandra de Rossi, Chin Chin Gutierrez, Joyce Jimenez, and Pinky Amador.[1][2] She said in an interview with Philippine Daily Inquirer that she considers Mammoth as her biggest break so far.[1]


Year Title Role Director
1996 Mumbaki Village Woman Butch Perez
1998 Sa Pusod ng Dagat Maya's friend Marilou Diaz Abaya
2001 Going Back Dong Ha bargirl Sidney J. Furie
2003 Kikay: Kaakit-akit, Kaaya-aya, Kikiligin Ka Cesar Abella
2004 Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino Gilda Lav Diaz
2006 Pandanggo Aling Espie Ruelo Lozendo
2008 Heremias Book Two: The Legend of Tagabulag Island Lav Diaz
2008 Tropical Manila Kara Sang-woo Lee
2008 Black Market Love Momma Peter Jacksen Choi
2009 Mammoth Gloria Lukas Moodysson
2009 Fidel (2009 film) Jovi Mark Shandii Bacolod
2009 Pitik Bulag Merly Gil Portes
2011 Mondomanila Mother Mariya Khavn Dela Cruz
2011 Taksikab Marife Archie Del Mundo
2011 Brod Mrs Parapara Ray Gibraltar
2011 Graceland Mrs. Marcy Changho Ron Morales
2011 Lilet Never Happened Jacco Groen
2011 Darkest Night Agira Espino Noel Tan
2011 Sponsor Delia Mark Shandii Bacolod
2011 Linabo Andrea Aleksi Gumela
2011 Kapatid Nanay Steven Flor
2016 Be My Lady Dahlia Roderick Lindayag
2016-2018 Ika-6 na Utos Yaya Vicky Laurice Guillen


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Nepales, Ruben V.. "Pinay lands important role in Williams-Bernal starrer", Philippine Daily Inquirer, September 19, 2008. 
  2. Villasanta, Boy. "Filipina actress in 'love triangle' with two Hollywood stars", ABS-CBN News, April 27, 2008.