MANILA -  A dog that lost half its face saving two girls returned to a hero’s welcome in the Philippines on Saturday after undergoing a series of operations in the United States. After an 11-hour flight from Los Angeles, Kabang, a two-year-old mongrel, stepped out of her travel kennel at Manila airport and greeted a large throng of well-wishers with a lively wag of her tail. Kabang was later to be transported to the southern Philippine port of Zamboanga, to be reunited with her owner, labourer Rudy Bunggal, and her small puppy.