Carlina Durán Baldera, 25, the representative from the town of La Vega, was crowned Miss Dominican Republic Universe 2012 on April 17th at the Jaragua Hotel in Santo Domingo. She will compete in Miss Universe 2012 in December. She was crowned by her predecessor Dalia Fernández. The current Miss Universe Leila Lopes (above) helped put on the sash. Baldera's court includes 1st runner-up Dulcita Lieggi, Miss Distrito Nacional; 2nd runner-up Carolyn Hawa Rodríguez, Miss Santiago; 3rd runner-up Alondra Peña, Miss Peravia; and 4th runner-up Luz Quezada, Miss San José de Ocoa.