LOOK: Filipino's artwork on Starbucks Christmas cups

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Artist Anz Soza and her design on a Starbucks cup

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — It's that time of year when photos of Starbucks' red holiday cups start to take over everyone's social media feed.

For Filipino Anz Soza, Santa came a little early — and her Christmas gift comes in the form of a cup.

Her design was one of the 13 chosen to be printed on Starbucks' holiday cups.

Soza, who is currently based in Dubai, designed the cup with hanging Christmas ornaments and dreamcatchers.

She told CNN Philippines, a day after the cups were released worldwide, that she felt overwhelmed being chosen from thousands of entries all over the world.

"Masayang-masaya. Sobrang overwhelming kasi ito yung pangarap ko," she said.

[Translation: I am very happy. It is overwhelming because this is my dream.]

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This was not the first time she drew on her cup.

The 32-year-old Fine Arts major said drawing on Starbucks cups started as a hobby when her husband brought home the drink.

When he brought home a red cup instead of the white one, she saw it as a challenge.

"Hindi niya nga alam paano niya sasabihin sakin na red cup dala niya. Baka daw kasi ma-disappoint ako. Pero actually excited ako magdrawing nun kasi nakikita ko as challenge," she said.

[Translation: My husband didn't know had to tell me he brought home a red cup because I might be disappointed. But I was actually excited because I saw it as a challenge.]

She said that Starbucks told her the good news last September — they even invited her to attend the launch in New York.

Since starting her hobby late last year, she has drawn on 83 cups.

What makes this Christmas doodle special — so special that it got reproduced by Starbucks — is that Soza's favorite time of year is Christmas.

"Favorite season ko, lalo na ang December. Parang kahit gaano kasungit mga tao bumabait basta December na. Gusto ko lang i-express yung spirit ng Christmas dun sa cup ko," she said.

[Translation: This is my favorite season, especially December. Everyone seems to get kinder this season. I just wanted to express the spirit of Christmas on my cup.]

Soza says she is happy to see her design mass produced, but what really cheers her up is seeing how it makes other people happy, too.

"Tuwing ngdu-drawing ako sa cup, ini-imagine ko na may gagamit ng cup na yun, na tinitignan nya yung ginawa ko, parang kinakausap kung sino man yung iinom na para pong kahit na halimbawa bad day or hectic schedule, mako-convince siya ng cup ko na everything's going to be okay," she said.

[Translation: Everytime I draw on cups, I think of the person having a drink. It is as if I am talking to them and telling them, that despite having a bad day or a hectic schedule, everything is going to be okay.]

Soza's design and other holiday cups will be served in the more than 25,000 Starbucks stores in 75 countries.